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Another militant slain in Baramulla encounter, toll 4

Another militant was killed in an encounter with armed forces in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday, police said, taking the toll to four in the over 24-hour-long operation.

Top Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Yousuf Kantroo, one of the longest-surviving militants in the Valley, was slain in the operation on Thursday.

“A militant was killed on Friday morning after the exchange of firing resumed,” a police official said.

The total number of militants killed so far in the operation, which began in the early hours of Thursday, has risen to four, he said.

Three militants were killed in the operation in Malwah area of Baramulla in north Kashmir on Thursday, he added.

In the initial exchange of fire on Thursday, four soldiers and a policeman were injured.

Police said Kantroo was involved in the killings of several security personnel and was among the top 10 most-wanted militants in the Kashmir Valley.

Kantroo started out as an overground worker (OGW) of the Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) outfit and was arrested in 2005. He was released in 2008 and again joined the militant ranks in 2017. Later on, he switched from HM to LeT, the police said.

The identity of the other three slain militants is being ascertained, the official said.

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