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Three Jaish militants killed in J&K

SRINAGAR, AUG. 7. Two Pakistani militants of the Jaish-e-Mohammad were killed today in an encounter in which two personnel of the Special Operation Group also lost their lives, while a `fidayeen' was killed by security forces in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir.

Militants threw grenades on the house of a counter-insurgent-turned-politician, Papa Kishtwari, in Pulwama, official sources said today. No casualties were reported.

Raid on hideout

After an 18-hour-long gun battle, two JeM militants, Furqan-ul-Islam and Omar Ayar, were killed in an operation conducted by the Special Operations Group of the State police and the Rashtriya Rifles at Konibal-Pampore in the district, the sources said.

The encounter began on Friday afternoon when the search party raided a house to flush out the hiding militants.

In an exchange of fire, two SOG personnel were killed. Three SOG personnel, two soldiers and a civilian were injured.

The gun battle continued till this morning during which two houses were gutted. Later, the bodies of the two Pakistani militants were recovered.

Suicide attack

A BSF spokesman said a Pakistani militant of JeM, who was a member of a `fidayeen' [suicide] squad of the outfit, was killed at Kraltop-Shikargah in Tral area of the district.

— PTI

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