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At least 5 security personnel have reportedly martyred in the 60-hour encounter in Jammu Kashmir’s Kupwara.

A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) soldier, who was injured on Friday, when the anti-terror operations started in Kupwara, died today.

Two Central Reserve Police Force or CRPF personnel, two state policemen were killed and eight others including a commandant were injured in the 60-hour encounter.

Sources say a terrorist, who was presumed dead, emerged from the debris of a destroyed house and started firing, which took the security personnel by surprise.

In last three days two to three residential houses, where terrorists were believed to be hiding, have been destroyed during anti-terror operations.

Locals allege that security forces have damaged several residential houses during the operations and a large number of people had to flee their homes after the gun battle.

One civilian was also killed in the firing and several others were injured following clashes near the encounter site on Friday.

Army chief, General Bipin Rawat on Saturday reviewed the security situation along the Line of Control (LoC) and the International Border (IB) in Jammu region.

“During the visit to the Corps Headquarters, the Chief Of Army Staff (COAS) was briefed and updated by Lt Gen Paramjit Singh, GOC, White Knight Corps about the current operational situation, prevailing security scenario and the preparedness of the formation,” news agency IANS quoted a defence statement.

The army chief was also informed about the measures in hinterland in the Corps’ area of responsibility towards ensuring peace and stability.

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