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Arrested militant among 2 killed in Kupwara encounter: Police

Two militants were killed in a gunfight on Sunday with armed forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district, while another gunfight was underway in Kulgam district, police said.

They said while one of the militants killed in the Kupwara encounter was a Pakistani affiliated with the Lashkar-e-Taiba, the identity of the second was being ascertained.

Police said the encounter in Kupwara started after the forces launched an operation in the Lolab area of north Kashmir on the instance of an arrested militant, Showket Ahmed Sheikh.

During the search of the hideouts, the hiding militants fired upon the force personnel who retaliated, in which one militant was killed, the Kashmir Zone Police said on Twitter.

“The arrested militant also got trapped,” the police said.

Inspector-General of Police Vijay Kumar said the slain has been identified as a Pakistani, linked with the LeT.

Another encounter is underway in the Damhal Hanji Pora area of Kulgam in south Kashmir, the police said.

They said the exchange of fire was going on but there were no reports of any casualty on either side so far.

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