10 militants, a soldier among 12 killed in J&K

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Srinagar, Sep 26 (UNI) In stepped up violence, twelve people including ten militants and a soldier, were killed while security forces apprehended three Al-Bader militants and recovered war-like stores, including RDX, in Jammu and Kashmir overnight.

A report from Jammu said troops of 3/11 Gorkha Rifles, foiled an infiltration bid when they shot dead all the three infiltrators who sneaked into this side from across the border at Baryani Gali, Balakote in Poonch district early today.

Defence spokesman Lt Col S D Goswami told UNI that one of the intruders was identified as Abu Ubek Gujjaranwala of Pakistan, while the identity of other two and their outfit was yet to be ascertained, he added.

Three AK 47 rifles, a communication device, large quantity of ammunition and other material were recovered from the possession of the slain infiltrators.

An Army Lieutenant also suffered bullet injuries in the shootout and was taken to hospital for treatment, from where he was airlifted to Udhampur command hospital, the spokesman said.

Two self-styled commanders of Hizb-ul Mujahideen (HM) militant outfit were shot dead by the security forces in an encounter at Ghatt in Doda early today, Lt Col Goswami said.

The slain HM commanders were identified as 'divisional commander' Mohammad Shafi, alias Nasir-ul-Islam, alias Delta, and 'tehsil commander' Javed Iqbal, alias Umar Gazi, both residents of Doda.

An AK rifle, a pistol, two magazines, 11 rounds, four Chinese grenades, two mobile phones and a satellite phone were also recovered from the encounter site.

The duo, eliminated by 10 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) and police in a midnight operation, were active in the district since 2000.

In another search operation, two Lashkar-e-Toiba militants were gunned down by the 58 RR at Denge in Gool area of Reasi, the spokesman said.

''The hidden ultras threw grenade on the search patrol which retaliated and gunned down two militants in a brief encounter,'' Lt Col Goswami said.

The LeT militants were identified as Liyaqat, alias Abu Farhan, and Abdul Latif Choppan.

Earlier, two LeT militants, identified as Omar Gul and Abdul Tariq, were killed by the joint columns of 60 RR and special operations group of police at Khewri in Budhal area (Rajouri) last afternoon.

An army jawan, identified as Varinder Kumar Sharma of Doda, was also killed in the gun battle.

Two AK-56 rifles, three magazines, 13 rounds, one radio set, six grenades, eight detonators, two pouches and incriminating documents were recovered by troops from the site of operation.

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