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Militant killed in encounter

A militant was killed in an encounter with security forces in Kupwara district of north Kashmir today.

india Updated: Jul 30, 2011 11:30 IST

A militant was killed in an encounter with security forces in Kupwara district of north Kashmir on Saturday.

The gunbattle broke out in Rashampora village of Kupwara, 100 kms from here, last evening when troops launched a cordon and search operation, defence spokesman Lt Col JS Brar said.

In the ensuing encounter, one militant was killed. The firefight has stopped and search operations are going on in the village, he said.

The identity and group affiliation of the militant is yet to be ascertained, he added.

With Saturday's killing, a total of eight militants have been killed in Kupwara district this month. Five militants including top commanders of Lashkar-e-Toiba were killed in an encounter at Lolab on July 15 while two militants were killed in a gunbattle at Handwara on July 24.