Security forces kill a militant in Kashmir

      An alleged Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militant was killed in an encounter with the security forces here on Friday. The gun battle took place at Badambagh area of Sopore town in the Kashmir Valley. Acting on a tip-off, the security forces surrounded a house where three militants were believed to be holed up. On Thursday, the operation was halted as the night approached. However, during the search operation on Friday a dead body of a militant was found. Speaking to ANI, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) of Baramulla, Vipal Kumar said: "Yesterday in the evening we got information about presence of militants in the area which is called Badambagh Sopore. We launched an operation along with the paramilitary forces and the firefight continued for about half an hour in the evening about 6 'o' clock. Then we suspended the operation because of the night." "In the morning we started search. During search we have recovered a dead body of the militant along with some arms and ammunition, which included one AK-47 and some other things. We are still continuing with the search because we had the information that there are three militants in this place so we are still continuing with the operation," he added. The police officials are trying to ascertain whether the dead body is of Abdullah Uni, a Lashkar commander of the region. "We had the information that Abdullah Uni along with two other militants, they have come to this place. So we had launched operation basically to nab them only. But we cannot still confirm whether this dead body of the militant belongs to Abdullah Yuni or somebody else," SSP Kumar said. Abdullah is suspected to have led recent suicide attacks on security forces in various parts of the Valley.

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