4 militants, trooper, policeman killed in Indian-controlled Kashmir gunfight

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Inspector general of police (Kashmir range) S.P. Pani confirmed it and said that the slain militants are believed to be members of Jaish-e-Muhammad.

The operation had an ominous beginning for the forces as the initial exchange of fire claimed Ajay Kumar of the 42 Rashtriya Rifles and special operations group constable Lateef Gojri.

The fighting began early Tuesday when militants attacked raiding government forces with gunfire in a forest in the southern Tral area, police said. Kumar died at the army's 92-Base Hospital in Srinagar while Gojri succumbed on the way to hospital.

A report said that the militants managed to escape after the brief encounter.

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Abid Ahmad of Khargund and Ishfaq Ahmad of Handoora were killed along with two non local militants in Lam forests of Tral.

The encounter site is hemmed by dense forests, and local and foreign militants use the area for hiding. A mopping up operation in the woods is underway, he said.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti has paid tributes to the two jawans of Army and Police who were killed during an operation at Tral today.

According to police officials, the gunfight triggered after contingents of police and army cordoned off the forest area on specific intelligence information suggesting presence of three militants.

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