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Militant, three jawans killed in encounters in Kashmir


Srinagar: A militant was killed while army lost three jawans in two separate gunbattles with terrorists in Kupwara district of North Kashmir today.

An encounter broke out during an operation in Lolab area in which a militant was killed, an Army spokesperson said.

Another operation was launched in Haphruda forest in Handwara following information about presence of militants.

Three jawans lost their lives in the gunbattle with the militants, the spokesperson said.

Yesterday, two militants of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) outfit, believed to be Pakistanis, were killed and a soldier was injured in an encounter in Pulwama district.

The slain militants were identified as Salim alias Adil Pathan and Rehman alias Burmi, police sources had said, adding they were suspected to be Pakistani nationals.

Pakistan-based JeM has been responsible for several major attacks in Jammu and Kashmir and Delhi, including the one on Parliament on December 13, 2001.

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