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JK: 4 terrorists gunned down

By Mukhtar Ahmad in Srinagar
Last updated on: February 29, 2008 12:28 IST
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Security forces gunned down four militants in a fierce night-long encounter in Saidpora village in South Kashmir Shopian district.


"Troops of 44 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) and special operations group (SOG) of the police surrounded a house in Saidpora village of Shopian district on Thursday night on a specific information that a group of heavily armed militants had been hiding inside it," a police spokesman said.


The spokesman said, "When challenged, the group of militants opened fire at the surrounding security forces. A fierce encounter ensued that lasted several hours. All the four militants belonging to Hizbul Mujaheedin and Al-Badr outfits were killed."


"Security forces are still busy searching the area," he said.


The house in which the militants were hiding was destroyed, according to reports.


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Mukhtar Ahmad in Srinagar