Four militants, trooper killed in Jammu and Kashmir (Lead)

June 23rd, 2008 - 12:15 am ICT by IANS  

Srinagar, June 22 (IANS) Four separatist militants and a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) trooper were killed Sunday in two separate gun battles in Jammu and Kashmir. Police said a fierce gunfight between two militants, holed up in a house in Shupribagh on the outskirts of Srinagar, and security forces ended late Sunday afternoon.

“The two militants were killed by the CRPF and SOG (special operations group)) of the state police in a joint operation launched early today on a specific information,” a senior police officer said.

He said the house in which the guerrillas were holed up was destroyed in the gunfight.

While one CRPF trooper was killed on the spot, four others, including three policemen, were injured during the raid on the house.

Meanwhile, two militants of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) were killed in another gun battle at Narwan Sadhav forest area in south Kashmir’s Shopian district Sunday morning.

The gun battle started after troops of 31 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) and SOG jointly launched a search operation in the forest.

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