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Five militants, 2 jawans killed in gunbattle

By Mukhtar Ahmad
Last updated on: May 07, 2010 11:41 IST

Five militants and two army troopers were killed in a nightlong fierce encounter in the north Kashmir Baramulla district on Friday.

The encounter started on Thursday evening after the army and police jointly surrounded a forest area near Sheikhpora village in Rafiabad, 83 km from Srinagar, on specific information about the presence of a group of militants

"As the security forces were laying the cordon, hiding militants opened fire triggering an encounter which continued the whole night," defence spokesman J S Brar had earlier told

"The encounter that has now ended. The searches are, however, going on," he said.

The spokesman said two soldiers were also killed during the operation.
Mukhtar Ahmad in Srinagar