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By Shujaat Bukhari
A fidayeen squad struck today in broad daylight in Hari Mohalla of Surankot township and attacked an Army vehicle. The militants hurled grenades and opened fire in a crowded market injuring 25 persons, including five security personnel. The injured were rushed to hospital. Two civilians succumbed to injuries in the hospital, a senior police officer told The Hindu over phone from Poonch. Later, the security forces cordoned off the area and an encounter followed in which one militant was killed.
A woman, Gulshana Bano, was killed in Chechkot near Awantipore today when militants attacked an Army convoy. Defence spokesman, Lt. Col. Mukhtar Singh, said that militants of Lashkar-e-Taiba, Abu Hamza and Abu Darda hurled grenades and fired upon the convoy in which one militant was killed and four jawans injured. He said militants fired from the local mosque and escaped. An Army officer was killed and two others injured when militants attacked a patrol party on the Bijbehara-Kanzalwan road.
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