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5 terrorists killed, 2 jawans injured in encounter in Kupwara

By Mukhtar Ahmad
Last updated on: May 21, 2016 19:18 IST
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IMAGE: An army jawan moves towards the site during an encounter at Drugmulla area of north Kashmir in Kupwara. Photographs: Umar Ganie

Five militants were killed in a day-long fierce gunfight in frontier north Kashmir Kupwara district on Saturday.

A defence spokesman said two army jawans were also injured in the encounter which broke out after troops of counter insurgency Rashtriya Rifles and the police jointly surrounded Chak Dragmulla village nearly 85 kms from capital Srinagar on Saturday morning.

IMAGE: Security personnel take positions towards the site during the encounter.

A senior police officer told that as the security forces were busy in searches, militants hiding in a house opened fire at them, triggering an encounter.

More reinforcements were rushed to the village.

IMAGE: Army personnel move towards the site in a boat.

“Five militants were killed in the encounter,” the spokesman said. He said five AK-47 rifles were recovered from the slain militants.

“The operation is still in progress,” he added. Two soldiers injured in the gunfight were evacuated to hospital for treatment.

“Their condition is stable,” the spokesman added.

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