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6 militants, army trooper slain in two South Kashmir gunfights

Three Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) militants, including a Pakistani national, were slain during an overnight encounter with armed forces in the Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir in which an Army trooper was also killed, police said on Thursday.

They said three armed forces personnel were also injured in the gunfight.

With the death of the three JeM militants in Anantnag, the number of militants slain in two gunfights, which broke out in south Kashmir on Wednesday night, has risen to six.

In the Kulgam encounter, three militants were killed.

Upon receiving information about the presence of militants at Nowgam Shahabad in Anantnag district, forces launched a cordon and search operation on Wednesday night, a police official said.

During the searches, the militants opened fire and the forces retaliated, leading to an encounter, he said, adding in the exchange of fire, three militants were killed.

Three Army troopers and a policeman were injured in the gunfight and were taken to the Army’s 92 Base Hospital. However, an Army jawan succumbed to the injuries, the official said.

Inspector-General of Police, Kashmir, Vijay Kumar said the militants were affiliated with JeM and one of the slain militants was a Pakistani national.

“A big success for us,” Kumar said in a tweet.

In the Kulgam encounter, a Pakistani national was among three militants who were slain. The other two were locals, the police said.

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