Five Lashker militants killed, soldier injured in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Oct 11 (UNI) Five militants of Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) were killed by security forces and a soldier was injured in the Kashmir valley overnight, official sources said today.

They said security forces and Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police launched a joint operation in the woods at Zaren, Tangmarg, in this district following a tip-off about the presence of militants there.

During the operation militants fired at the search party. The fire was returned and a fierce clash was going on when the reports last came in.

Sources said rifleman Vinay Chatri was injured when militants attacked a security force search party at Yar Bugh Danghi Wacha in Baramulla last night. The injured soldier was airlifted to base hospital. However, militants managed to escape.

They said an encounter ensued during a similar operation at Bagbala, Lolab, in the frontier district of Kupwara last evening.

In the night-long operation, three LeT militants identified as Abu Hafiz, Saqib and Hafiz were killed.

Three AK rifles, six magzines, 232 rounds of ammunition and one UBGL were recovered from the slain militants.

Two militants of LeT were killed in an encounter with security forces in Pulwama, they said, adding two ak rifles and other arms and ammunition were recovered from the slain militants.

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