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Two ultras killed in encounter

india Updated: Jul 27, 2008 21:06 IST

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Security forces shot dead two ultras in a day-long operation, arrested a Hizbul Mujahideen militant and busted several hideouts seizing a huge cache of arms and ammunition including 32 explosive sticks in the state on Sunday, official sources said.

Police and Army killed two unidentified militants in a joint operation at village Gujarpati in Surigam area of north Kashmir's Kupwara district, the sources said.

The encounter between militants and security forces broke out in the village this morning and continued throughout the day.

However, the identity and group affiliation of the deceased militants could not be ascertained immediately as the operation in the village was still continuing when last reports were received, the sources said.

Militants also opened fire on a security patrol at Kaku-Gandoh in Doda district in the early hours but no one was hurt in the ensuing gunbattle, which lasted for several hours.

A Hizbul Mujahideen militant was arrested by police from Pahalgam in Anantnag district and an AK assault rifle, one magazine, 30 rounds and four hand grenades were recovered from him, a police spokesman said.

Pahalgam, the south Kashmir hill resort, serves as the base camp for the ongoing Amarnath yatra and authorities have stepped up security in the area to foil any attempt by militants to disrupt the annual two-month pilgrimage.

He said security forces recovered 32 explosive sticks, a pistol with a magazine, 290 rounds, two grenades, two safety fuses, eight detonators and an anti-personnel mine from a militant hideout in Kenu Nadi Mohar village in Poonch district.