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18 hour long gunfight ends, 3 militants killed

18 hour long gunfight ends, 3 militants killed
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Srinagar, Dec 9 (PTI) Security forces killed three militants Sunday on the outskirts of Srinagar the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir during an encounter, the Army said.

“Three militants have been killed in the Mujgund operation,” an Army official said.

He said weapons have been recovered from the site of encounter.

Security forces had launched a cordon and search operation near Srinagar-Bandipora road in Mujgund area on the outskirts of the city here Saturday evening.

The search operation turned into an encounter after the militants fired on the search party.

While the encounter had stopped during night, the security forces continued to maintain a tight cordon in the area to stop militants from escaping. The encounter resumed Sunday morning and in the gunfight, three militants were killed, the official said.

Their identity and group affiliation is yet to be ascertained.

Authorities have suspended mobile internet services in the city.

Meanwhile, police identified the slain militants as Mudasir Rashid Parray of Hajin Bandipora, Saqib Bilal Sheikh of Hajin Bandipora and from the material evidence collected, one militant is learnt to be a Pakistani identified as Ali.

The trio were affiliated with proscribed outfit LeT.

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