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Seven Terrorists and One Cop Killed in Three Encounters in Kashmir

Security forces have killed at least three militants during twin encounters in Poonch, J&K.

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Three militants and a policeman were killed in a day-long gunfight, on Sunday, between security forces and guerrillas in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, while four militants were killed in Kupwara as the army foiled an infiltration bid, the state police said.

The police said the militants in Poonch were killed when in the evening, the army commandos stormed the mini secretariat building under-construction in Poonch town from where the militants were firing.

The attackers then barged into a house in Allah Pir locality and another structure near the Mini Secretariat and held a couple hostage.

The couple identified as Haji Nazir Mir and Mumtaz Mir were freed later in the night.

Haji Nazir Mir is a cousin of the Congress MLC and Deputy chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council Jahangir Hussain Mir.

Earlier, a policeman was killed while a sub-inspector and a civilian were injured in an exchange of fire which began on Sunday morning.

The deceased policeman has been identified as Rajendra Kumar.

One of the injured is Sub Inspector of Special Operation Group (SoG) Manzoor Hussain and another a civilian Tariq, the police said, adding that the injured have been hospitalised.

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Other Attacks Near the LoC

In Kupwara, a gunfight broke out in Nowgam sector of the Line of Control (LoC) as soldiers detected and challenged a group of infiltrating militants. The infiltration bid was foiled and the engagement ended with four killed, said a police officer.

In Bandipora, another gunfight started on Sunday morning near the LoC in Gurez sector. Police sources said militants attempted to infiltrate into the Indian side of the LoC from Pakistan, but timely action by the army had forced them to withdraw.

Video Editor: Mohd Ibrahim

(With inputs from PTI and IANS)

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