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Three militants, police officer killed in Srinagar encounter

Srinagar: Three militants and an Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) of J&K police were killed in an encounter in the summer capital, Srinagar on Sunday.

Official sources said that three motorcycle borne militants attacked a joint party of police and CRPF at Panthachowk in the city outskirts late Saturday night. ‘The entire area was immediately cordoned off with the help of reinforcements and a search operation was launched,’ they further said.

They stated that when security forces were moving towards a particular area, militants hiding there, fired at them. ‘The security forces retaliated ensuing in an encounter,’ they further stated adding that a militant was killed while an ASI was critically injured in the initial exchange of fire.

The injured officer, identified as ASI Babu Ram, was immediately taken to a hospital where he succumbed. ‘Two more militants were gunned down early on Sunday morning in the encounter,’ they affirmed.

They added that the operation was still going on when the reports last came in, adding the identity of the militants were being ascertained.

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