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Nightlong gunfight in Kashmir ends, 3 militants killed

December 03, 2013 13:25 IST

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Mukhtar Ahmad

The nightlong fierce gunfight in north Kashmir Kupwara district ended early on Tuesday morning after the three holed up militants were killed.

The encounter erupted late Monday afternoon after troops of counter insurgency Rashtriya Rifles and local police jointly surrounded the Shatipora village in Rajwar of the Kupwara district on specific information about the presence of militants.

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Mukhtar Ahmad

“The encounter has ended and the three holed up militants have been killed and their bodies recovered from the debris,” a police spokesman said.

Intermittent firing exchanges continued throughout the night between the security forces and the holed up militants, he added.

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Image: The encounter ended this morning
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Security forces had tightened the cordon around the village last evening and illuminated the area using generators to prevent militants from escaping under the cover of darkness.

The encounter came hours after militants gunned down the station house officer and critically wounded two cops and a civilian in central Kashmir’s Chadoora town in Budgam district.

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