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Three persons, including two security personnel and a militant, were killed on Tuesday in an ongoing gunfight in Jammu and Kashmir's Tral forest area.

The gun battle occurred in Laam area, in the forests of Tral, where Indian intelligence agencies received a tip off about the presence of militants. He has been shifted to a hospital. Joint team of Indian Army's 42 Rashtriya Rifles, Special Operations Group of the Jammu and Kashmir Police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) carried out the encounter. Inspector general of police (Kashmir range) S.P. Pani confirmed it and said that the slain militants are believed to be members of Jaish-e-Muhammad. Wani was killed by security forces in July 2016.

The army on Wednesday paid tributes to Sepoy Ajay Kumar, 25, who attained martyrdom during a counter-terrorist operation on Tuesday in Tral region wherein four terrorists were eliminated.

Defence spokesman in Srinagar Colonel Rajesh Kalia said the operation was still underway.

Four civilians died in firing by security forces that day when thousands of people stormed the gunfight site to help the militants escape.

Later, in another tweet, he said one terrorist killed taking the total to 4.

The encounter site is hemmed by dense forests, and local and foreign militants use the area for hiding.


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