Kashmir gunfight ends with third militant’s killing

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Srinagar, July 15 (IANS) A gunfight going on in a forested area in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district ended on Saturday evening, with the killing of the third militant who had taken shelter in a cave, police said.

“The third militant holed up inside a cave in the densely-forested Satoora area of Tral tehsil (of Pulwama) has been killed and the gunfight has now ended.

“We have recovered three weapons from the possession of the slain militants. The exact identity of the militants is being established. They probably belonged to the Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) outfit,” a police official said here.

Two JeM militants were killed earlier on Saturday by security forces during an anti-terror operation in Pulwama district while the third had entered the cave.

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Army sources had earlier said that three militants were killed in the ongoing operation in Satoora forests of Tral area.

Director General of Police S.P. Vaid told reporters that the bodies of two slain militants were visible and they looked like foreigners, probably belonging to Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) outfit,” Vaid said.

Para Commandos and helicopters were also part of the operation. Security forces, including the counter-insurgency Rashtriya Rifles (RR) and Special Operations Group (SOG), had launched the operation earlier on Saturday.



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