Soldier killed in Kupwara gunbattle

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A cordon and search operation was launched in the area after information about the presence of militants.

With the fresh casualties, four militants and two army men have been killed in three encounters in border district of Kupwara district.

Since the operation took place in forest area, para commandos were also pressed into action. There are no reports of any Indian casualty in the gun battle.

The troops retaliated and in the exchange of fire, which lasted over an hour, three Pakistani militants of the LeT were killed, the official said, as per PTI.

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However, no fresh contact has been established with militants by forces today.

Following the encounter, DGP J&K Police SP Vaid congratulated the security forces on Twitter.

Based on this information, a joint operation was launched by Army and CRPF police in that area. Nine militants of Lashkar-e-Taiba including top commander Mehmood Bhai, Zargam and nephew of 26/11 mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi have been eliminated in two operations of Hajin and Handwara since Saturday.