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Four Jawans, One Militant Killed In Kupwara Encounter

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JAMMU, INDIA - MARCH 20: Security personnel run to take position during an encounter with terrorists at Rajbagh police station on March 20, 2015 in Kathua district, about 80 kilometers from Jammu, India. Two militants in Army fatigues stormed a police station in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district early today, killing three security personnel and two civilians and leaving 10 others, including a senior police officer injured,in the first major terror attack in the state since the PDP-BJP coalition government took charge this month. (Photo by Nitin Kanotra/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

SRINAGAR -- Four jawans were today killed in a fierce gunbattle with militants in a forest area in Kupwara in Kashmir Valley, while a militant was shot dead in a separate encounter in the district.

An encounter broke out during an operation in Lolab area in which a militant was killed, an Army spokesperson said.

Another operation was launched in Haphruda forest in Handwara following information about presence of militants.

Three jawans lost their lives in the gunbattle with the militants, the spokesperson said.

Yesterday, two militants of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) outfit, believed to be Pakistanis, were killed and a soldier was injured in an encounter in Pulwama district.

The slain militants were identified as Salim alias Adil Pathan and Rehman alias Burmi, police sources had said, adding they were suspected to be Pakistani nationals.

Pakistan-based JeM has been responsible for several major attacks in Jammu and Kashmir and Delhi, including the one on Parliament on December 13, 2001.

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