Hizbul-Mujahideen commander, 2 other militants killed in J&K's Shopian encounter

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Two Indian soldiers and three militants were killed in a 12-hour gunfight in South Kashmir's Shopian district, a top police official said on Sunday. As the security forces were conducting searches, the terrorists opened fire on them which was retaliated by the law enforcement personnel, triggering a gunfight.

In the morning on Sunday, police control room Shopian said that a house in which militants were hiding had been blown up.

On Wednesday, three terrorists have been killed in an encounter at Tral in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir.

Operational commander of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, Yasin Itoo alias Mehmood Ghaznavi is believed to be among the holed up terrorists.

Two Indian soldiers and three separatist fighters have been killed in a fierce gun battle in Indian-administered Kashmir. Additional security forces were rushed to the area and entire area was sealed to prevent militants to escape from the cordoned off area.

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However, immediately after the search operation was launched, locals hit the streets and clashed with the security forces to disrupt the operation.

Ahmed, a resident of the village of Awneera, said: "Today when the encounter ended, clashes [between police and protesters] started and many people suffered bullet and pellet injuries".

Five soldiers were injured in the gunfight yesterday and had to be evacuated to 92 Base Hospital of the Army for treatment.

Meanwhile, authorities have directed telecom authorities to block mobile Internet services in Budgam district.

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