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5 security personnel martyred, 4 terrorists killed in encounter at Kupwara in Jammu and Kashmir
Five security personnel including two Jammu and Kashmir policemen and three army personnel have been martyred in an encounter in Kupwara's Halmatpora.

In the encounter that is still going on, four terrorists have been killed as well. Two other policemen have also sustained injuries in the encounter.

As per reports, the army along with the Special Operations Group (SOG) launched a joint operation after receiving inputs of foreign terrorists being present in the area. The militants opened fire on the army and SOG during the search & cordon operation.

As per reports, army's para commandos are also aiding the army in this encounter that is taking place in Halmatpora area of Kupwara.

In a statement, the J&K CM while expressing solidarity with the families of those who lost their lives in the encounter, also paid rich tributes to them.

As per a report in the New Indian Express, the deceased security personnel have been identified as Mohammad Yousuf, SPO Ashraf Rather; and Deepak Thesoo, a resident of Nagrota, Jammu; and Naik Ranjeet Kholka. Of the three army personnel who lost their lives, two were identified as sepoy Ashraf Rather and Naik Ranjeet Kholka. The injured SPO has been identified as Javaid Ahmad but he is believed to be in a stable condition.

Security forces are still engaged in the combing operation to ensure that no more militants are present in the region. Reports have also suggested that a huge cache of arms and ammunition including AK 47 rifles has been recovered from the killed terrorists.

More details are awaited.

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