Three terrorists, two army soldiers killed in Shopian encounter

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Three terrorists have been killed while two army personnel lost their lives in an overnight encounter in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian district.

Police officials said that the security forces were conducting a search operation when the militants opened fire at them.

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

Two soldiers and three rebels were killed in an overnight gunbattle in Kashmir, officials said August 13, in the latest bloodshed in the disputed Himalayan territory. Yatoo was among three militants that were neutralized by the security forces in a 16-hour gunfight that began in Awneera in Shopian on Saturday.

Yasin Itoo, known by his nom de guerre Mehmood Ghaznavi had taken over the command of Hizbul Mujahideen after the killing of militant commander Burhan Wani in July a year ago. Police says that a body, believed to be of a terrorist, has also been found lying in the orchards.

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Rebel groups have fought since 1989 in Indian Kashmir, demanding independence or a merger of the territory with Pakistan, and tens of thousands - mostly civilians - have been killed.

"The injured soldiers have been shifted to hospital".

They all were hiding in a house in Awneera village, said the police official adding that at least two terrorists have managed to escape.

Meanwhile, in another development, a group of terrorists attacked a police searching party at Bandipora's Hajin area, in which two police personnel sustained injuries.

The slain army men identified as Sepoy Ilayaraja P of Tamil Nadu and Sepoy Gawai Sumedh Waman of Maharashtra. Supporting the militants, locals have been reported to have pelted stones on the forces as soon as the firing started.

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