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Four terrorists killed in Jammu and Kashmir
Mukhtar Ahmad In Srinagar | January 25, 2009 21:41 IST
Four terrorists were killed in two separate encounters a day ahead of the Republic Day in Jammu and Kashmir [Images], where security has been beefed up.
The security forces had launched the search operation in the area on specific information this morning, which led to disruption of traffic on the Srinagar [Images] Jammu national highway.
In another encounter, security forces gunned down two militants of Lashkar-e-tayiba [Images] in the forest area of Shahnagri in north Kashmir Kupwara district on Saturday
The operation was launched in the forest area after a tip off about presence of militants, according to a police spokesman.
For the first time in past nearly 20 years, the level of tension was low in the valley in the run-up to the Republic Day, even though both the groups of separatist, All Parties Hurriyat Conference and the Muzaffarabad based militant conglomerate, United Jehad Council have called for a general strike tomorrow.
In the capital city authorities have made elaborate security arrangements by deploying police and paramilitary, central reserve police force in strength and made special security arrangements in and around the Bakshi stadium, the venue of the main function tomorrow.
The security forces have occupied high rise buildings around the stadium and deployed sharpshooters to secure the venue. The areas around the stadium have been sanitized by police and paramilitary forces.
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