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Four militants killed in encounter with security forces

Four militants, including two from Lashker-e-Toiba (LET), were killed in separate gunbattles with security forces in Kupwara and Kulgam districts of Kashmir Valley today, officials said.

india Updated: Nov 01, 2010 16:56 IST

Four militants, including two from Lashker-e-Toiba (LET), were killed in separate gunbattles with security forces in Kupwara and Kulgam districts of Kashmir Valley on Monday, officials said.

The LeT militants were killed in a gunfight with a joint team of police and Rashtriya Rifles at Kaladrung in Yaripora area of Kulgam district, 85 kms from here, this afternoon, they said.

As per preliminary investigations, the slain militants were identified as Abu Huzaifa Mahi and his local accomplice Mohammad Saleem Ganai. In another encounter, a police spokesman said two militants were killed when security forces confronted them at Bhawan forests in Zachaldara area of Handwara, 95 kms from here, in the wee hours.

Their identity and affiliation could not be ascertained as the search operation in the area was on till evening, he said. He also said that security forces recovered two AK assault rifles, six magazines, 90 rounds of ammunition and two hand grenades from the scene of the gunbattle.

Meanwhile, the militant killed in the encounter with security forces at Ahad Sahib locality of Sopore town, 55 kms from here, in Baramulla district yesterday has been identified as Irshad Ahmad Mir alias "Ammar," a resident of Gundbrat village of Sopore.

Mir was affiliated with Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM) outfit, the officials said adding two hand grenades were recovered from the spot. A civilian was also injured injured in the crossfire.Two militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Kupwara district of north Kashmir in the wee hours this morning, a police spokesman said.

The encounter broke out when security forces confronted a group of militants at Bhawan forests in Zachaldara area of Handwara, 95 kms from here, late last night, the spokesman said.

In another episode, two militants were killed in the encounter which continued till wee hours today. The identity and group affiliation of the slain militants could not be ascertained as the search operation in the area was continuing when reports last came in, he said.

Meanwhile, the search operation at Ahad Sahib locality of Sopore town, 55 kms from , in Baramulla district concluded this morning.

An unidentified militant was killed and a civilian was injured during the operation late last night.

"Efforts are on to identity the slain militant," the spokesman said.

Mohammad Afzal War, a resident of Noorbagh locality of Sopore, suffered injuries in his right arm and was undergoing treatment at Bones and Joints Hospital here, he said.