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Three militants, ASI killed in Panthachowk encounter

153 militants killed this year, surpassing the total number of militants killed in 2019

Srinagar, August 30 : Three militants and a Assistant sub inspector of J&K police were killed in an overnight encounter at Panthachowk in outskirts of Srinagar district.

A senior Police officer told that three militants were killed in an overnight encounter, bodies have been recovered with arms and ammunition. However identity of the slain militants is yet to be ascertained.

The operation was halted due to darkness, as the first ray of light striked this morning, the operation was resumed, the officer said.

During intial exchange of firing ASI of J&K police identified as Babu Ram was also killed.

Pertinently, 153 militants have been killed so far this year surpassing the total number of militants killed in year 2019. In 2019 as per official figures 152 militants were killed.

Earlier, three bike-borne militants had attacked a joint team of police and CRPF near Panthachowk in which no damage was done, they said.

Soon after the attack, the fleeing militants were engaged in a gunfight by security forces in nearby area.(GNS)

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