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Three militants killed in encounter

india Updated: Apr 09, 2009 15:45 IST
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Three militants were killed in an encounter with police commandos in Thoubal district of Manipur,on Thursday, police said. The commandos, attached to Thoubal district police station, raided Tentha Ikopat Mapal, about 35 kms south-east of here, following reports that some militants were roaming in the area.

The commandos surrounded the area from different directions and launched a massive manhunt at around 11.30 am, sources said adding that while the search was on, they were fired upon by some militants.

In the ensuing encounter three militants were killed, sources said adding that two grenades, one .762 pistol and over six rounds of ammunition were recovered from the spot.Over 135 people were so far killed in militancy-related crimes in Manipur this year.