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Odishatv Bureau

Srinagar: Five terrorists were killed in an encounter with security forces in south Kashmir's Shopian district on Wednesday, officials said.

Kashmir Inspector General of Police Vijay Kumar told IANS that the encounter began at Sugoo village on Wednesday morning after security forces came under fire from hiding terrorists.

Police said earlier Sugoo village was cordoned off by a joint team of Army and police after a specific intelligence input about the presence of terrorists.

As the security forces zeroed in, the terrorists fired at them. In the ensuing gun battle, five ultras belonged to Hizbul Mujahideen and the Lashkar-e-Toiba were killed.

This is the third major encounter in Shopian district in less than a week.

On Sunday, five terrorists were killed in an encounter at Reban village whereas four terrorists were killed in Pinjura village of Shopian on Monday.

Meanwhile, Pakistan today once again resorted to a ceasefire violation on the Line of Control (LoC) using intense shelling and firing in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district.

Defence Spokesman Colonel Devender Anand said Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing with small arms and intense shelling with mortars along the Nowshera sector around 7.30 a.m.

"The Indian Army is retaliating befittingly," the spokesman said.

For over a fortnight, Pakistan has been violating the bilateral ceasefire on a daily basis by targeting defence and civilian facilities along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir.

This has created panic among thousands of border residents in Jammu and Kashmir whose life and livelihood are threatened by firing and shelling along the LoC.


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