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Three terrorists killed in Kashmir encounter

May 12, 2010 04:34 IST
Three militants and a soldier were killed and another trooper wounded in a daylong encounter in the Sozipora village near Handwara in north Kashmir's Kupwara district.

A senior police officer said troops of counter insurgency Rashtriya Rifles (RR) and police surrounded a house in the Sozipora village on Tuesday morning, following information about the presence of a group of heavily armed militants inside it.

"As the hiding militants were challenged to surrender they opened fire triggering an encounter at the end of which three militants were killed," the officer said.

"A rifleman of the Rashtriya Rifles was killed and another critically wounded in the encounter." He said arms and ammunition were also recovered from the encounter site. "Security forces are still busy searching the area," he added.

Mukhtar Ahmad in Srinagar