Three LeT militants killed in Handwara gunbattle

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Greater Kashmir reported that the gunfight started after the Indian Army, the special operations group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir Police and the CRPF embarked on a joint search operation in Khar Mohalla.

The security forces had before launching the operation "All-Out" "shortlisted" 258 militants from a clutch of outfits including LeT, Jaish-e-Muhammad, Hizb-ul-Mujahedin and Al-Badr Mujahedin. His elder brother Musaib was killed in an encounter in the Hajin area of Bandipora district in January this year. He figures in the National Investigating Agency (NIA)'s most wanted list. At least eight rebels, an Indian air force commando and a policeman have been killed in the last two days. "3 Pakistani LeT terrorists killed, arms and ammunition recovered", said IGP Kashmir, Munir Khan.

In a tweet, the Director General of Police, Shesh Paul Vaid, said, "Three LeT terrorists-all Pakistanis- neutralised in Magam area of Handwara district in North Kashmir".

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At least one army personnel lost his life and three injured in a fierce gun fight between the terrorists and army in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara area on Tuesday.

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

The gun battle was ongoing till the filing of this report.

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