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Three Lashkar-e-Taiba militants were killed by security forces today in an encounter in Pulwama district of south Kashmir, reported PTI.

The encounter started last evening in Kakapora area of Pulwama, after forces launched a counter-insurgency operation based on intelligence information that three local militants were hiding in a house in a densely populated locality.

The three militants have been identified as Majid Dar, Shariq Ahmad and Irshad Ahmad. “Three LeT terrorists were killed, and the operation ended early morning. Two AK-47s and one pistol have been recovered,” reported ANI.

“Majid Dar, one of the slain militants, was involved in a number of killings including that of sarpanch of Kakapora and district president of Pulwama,” said PTI, quoting a police official.

“This is the first successful counter-insurgency operations in Pulwama area which is believed to have a large presence of local militants aided by a strong network of overground workers,” he added.

Along with 50 Rashtriya Rifles, the Special Operation Group (SOG) and 183 CRPF battalion were involved in the joint operation against the militants. This is the second successful operation against the terror outfit after two militants were killed in an encounter in Baramulla’s Sopore in north Kashmir.

After news of the killings, clashes erupted between security forces and protesters at Kakapora in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. A civilian was killed and at least 12 people were injured in clashes.

Police had to resort to tear gas shelling and aerial firing after people assembled near the encounter site early today and clashed with them and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).

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