Seven militants killed in encounters in J-K

Security forces shot dead five militants in a gunfight in the forest area of Tral in southern Pulwama district and two others in Gurez sector near the Line of Control (LoC) in Bandipora district of north Kashmir, the spokesman said.

Official sources said the encounter in Tral, 35 kms from here, began this morning when security forces launched a search operation in Sajan-Dudkulan forest area following information about presence of Hizbul Mujahideen militants.

They said security forces confronted the militants and asked them to surrender but the ultras started firing, triggering a gunbattle.

The identity of the deceased militants could not be ascertained immediately as the operation in the area was still on when last reports came in, the sources said.

In Gurez, two more militants were killed in the ongoing operation this morning, raising the number of slain ultras to 13, the defence spokesman said.

The operation began on September six when the troops guarding the LoC intercepted a large group of militants attempting to sneak from across the border.

While four militants were gunned down on the first day of the operation, seven more militants were eliminated two days later.

Although initially army denied that it had suffered any casualty in the operation, the spokesman today admitted that two jawans laid down their lives on the first day of the gunbattle.

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