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Five Hizbul Mujahideen militants killed Kashmir encounter

Srinagar: Five Hizbul Mujahideen militants were on Friday killed in an encounter with security forces in Ganderbal district in Kashmir.

"Five militants belonging to the Qadri Asadullah group of Hizbul Mujahideen were killed in a counter-insurgency operation in Preng area of Ganderbal in the wee hours today," a Defence spokesman said.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

He said the identities of the slain militants were being ascertained.

According to police sources, troops of 24 Rashtriya Rifles and police laid an ambush near the Najwan forest in Preng area, 65 km from Srinagar, following inputs about movement of the ultras.

The militants walked into the ambush in early hours today and were asked to surrender, the sources said.

However, the militants opened fire on the security forces' which was retaliated by the Army and police, the sources said, adding five militants were killed in the gunbattle.

PTI

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