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4 militants slain in two south Kashmir encounters

Four militants, including one allegedly involved in the killing of a teacher last month, were slain in two encounters with armed forces in Kulgam and Anantnag districts of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, police said.

The forces launched an anti-insurgency operation in Kulgam’s Mishipora area on Tuesday, following information of the presence of terrorists there, a police spokesperson said.

After the initial exchange of fire with the forces, the militants managed to move to the general area of Mishipora, he added.

However, the forces maintained the cordon and continued the search operation, which resulted in a fresh gunbattle on Thursday, leading to the killing of two ultras, the spokesperson said.

One of the slain militants was identified as Zubair Sofi of Kulgam’s Mohanpora, he claimed.

Sofi was involved in the killing of Rajni Bala, a teacher, on May 31, the spokesperson said, adding that the identification of the other militants is being ascertained.

The operation is still in progress, a police official said.

Another encounter broke out between militants and forces in the Hangalgund area of neighboring Anantnag district, the spokesperson said.

Two Hizbul Mujahideen militants were killed in the operation, which was going on till the last reports came in, he added.

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