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SPO, 2 militants killed, top commander among 14 arrested in J

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Srinagar, July 4 (UNI) A Special Police Officer (SPO) and two militants were killed while security forces arrested 14 ultras in the Jammu and Kashmir overnight, official sources said.

They said militant plan to attack security force convoy on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway was today foiled by troops when they gunned down an ultra at Pampore.

Official sources said that at 0730 hours, 139 Battalion of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police launched a joint operation at Kondabal Pampore, about 12 km from here, on the highway following a tip-off that militants were planning to attack a security force convoy.

However, when the area was being cordoned off, militants attacked them with automatic weapons. The fire was returned and in the ensuing gun-battle, a militant was killed.

One AK rifle, one magazine, two hand grenades and other arms and ammunition were recovered from the slain militant.

An official spokesman said security forces and police, in a joint operation, killed a militant at Akhoon Mohalla, on the outskirts of the city last night. Two security personnel and a boy, Ishfaq Ahmad, Mir were injured in the shootout.

He said militants kidnapped a SPO Tanzim Ahmad and later killed him by slitting his throat.

Security forces and police arrested eight militants in two different search operation in Doda district of Jammu region.

Six more militants, including Divisional Commander of Hizbul Mujahideen were arrested in the central Kashmir, he said.

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