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Gunbattle in Kupwara forests

IANS  |  Srinagar 

A gunfight broke out between militants and security forces on Thursday in the forests of and Kashmir's district.

Police said troops of Rashtriya Rifles and the (SOG) of the police surrounded the area after receiving information about the presence of a group of militants there.

"As the cordon around the hiding militants was tightened, they fired at the security forces, triggering an encounter which is going on," a said.

In an earlier gunfight in district, five persons including (JeM) militants, a soldier and a civilian were killed while three others including two soldiers and a civilian were injured.

The slain militants included a top of JeM identified as Police said he was a Pakistani who had masterminded the militant attack on the in 2017 in which five CRPF troopers were killed.

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First Published: Thu, May 16 2019. 13:54 IST
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