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2 HM, one Lashker militants killed in J and K

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Srinagar, Nov 20 (UNI) Two militants of the Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) and one belonging to Pakistan based Lashker-e- Toiba (LeT) were killed by security forces in the Jammu and Kashmir overnight.

A defence ministry spokesman said that troops on a specific information conducted a search operation at village Dewar Souga in the frontier district of Kupwara this morning. However, when the troops were about to storm a particular house, militants, hiding inside, opened fire on them . Troops also retaliated and in the fierce clash, one LeT militant Haji Abdul Rehman, a resident of Pakistan, was killed. An AK rifle and other arms and ammunition were recovered from the slain militant.

In another similar encounter, troops killed a H M militant in the south Kashmir district of Anantnag. One pistol, one hand grenade and one mobile phone were recovered from the militant, identified as Mohammad Iqbal Bodha.

A report from Jammu said that security forces gunned down a hardcore HM militant at Sangaldan in Gool area in Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir.

Sources said Border Security Force (BSF) and Jammu and Kashmir police (JKP), on a tip-off, launched an operation in Sangaldan at 0500 hrs this morning, during which the militant, later identified as Anwaar alias Zakir was killed.

Jammu and Kashmir police today conducted a search operation in the historic Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of the summer capital, following intelligence inputs that militants may try to strike there.

People were taken by surprise when police personnel stopped traffic and sealed the entire area from a private school to Ganthaghar.

Shopkeepers, customers, pedestrians and students present in the cordoned-off area were directed to stand in a queue and their identity cards were checked. They were allowed to go only after proper frisking.

Students were also questioned and their bags were searched by the police personnel.

Two police personnel were killed by militants in the same area last month.

However, no one was arrested, sources said.

Official sources said search operations are being conducted following information that militants may try to strike in the crowded places.

Yesterday militants attacked security forces' pickets at two different places in the down town city, causing injuries to five personnel, including two Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel.

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