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3 killed in clash with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir, operation underway

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Three terrorists have been killed in two separate encounters with the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir. The operation is still underway in Kulgam district where a gunfight broke out between terrorists and security forces this morning.

One Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist has been killed in the encounter, while two others, who were trapped in the area, have managed to escape. The entire area has been cordoned off and a search operation is underway, reports Times Now’s Mir Fareed.

In another incident, two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists were killed in the encounter by the security forces in the Handwara district. One of the terrorists killed in the encounter has been identified as LeT commander Naseer-u-din Lone who was involved int eh killing of CRPF jawans in Sopore and Handwara, the police said.

“The terrorist, who has been killed in an encounter in Handwara, has been identified as Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Naseer-u-din Lone. He was involved in the killing of 3 CRPF jawans in Sopore on April 18 & 3 CRPF jawans in Handwara on May 4,” Jammu and Kashmir IGP Vijay Kumar said.

The encounter broke out in Ganipora Kralgund area of Handwara district on late Wednesday. Police and security forces are carrying out a joint operation. Two AK-47 rifles and other warlike stores have been recovered from their possession so far.

An unidentified terrorist was killed yesterday in another encounter in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir. Based on specific inputs about the presence of terrorists in Chitragam village of the south Kashmir district, security forces launched a cordon and search operation there, a police official said.

The Central government has ordered an “immediate” withdrawal of about 10,000 paramilitary forces personnel from Jammu and Kashmir.

The decision was taken after the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) reviewed the deployment of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) in the union territory (UT), according to the officials.

A total of 100 CAPF companies have been ordered to be withdrawn “immediately” and revert to their base locations, news agency PTI quoted a senior official as saying. The troops were mobilised to the Union Territory post the abrogation of Article 370 last year. Source: timesnownews

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