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Pakistani national among two militants killed in Kashmir

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Srinagar:Two separatist guerrillas were killed on Thursday in an overnight gunfight between holed up militants and security forces in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

“Two militants including Manzoor Ahmad Dar of Samboora (Pulwama) and a Pakistani national have been killed in Gusoo village encounter,” a senior police officer told Media SOurces in summer capital here.

Security forces including troops of 53 Rashtriya Rifles, 183 battalion of CRPF and special operations group (SOG) of state police had surrounded Gusoo village in Pulwama district late Wednesday following reports that two to three militants were hiding inside a house there.

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Pampore: People in large numbers participate in the funeral of the alleged LeT militant Manzoor Ahmad Dar who was killed in Gusoo encounter; in Pampore on Dec 30, 2015.

As security forces came closer to the suspected house, the militants fired upon the security forces after which a gunfight broke out which ended around 1.30 a.m.

“Searches are still going on in the area. The exact identity of the slain Pakistani militant is being established”, the police officer added.

BACKGROUND: The gunfight started on Wednesday evening between holed-up guerrillas and security forces in Jammu and Kashmirs Pulwama district, said officials. Official sources said top Hizbul commander, Burhan, is also believed to be trapped inside the cordon laid around the area.

“Security forces came under automatic gunfire from militants hiding in Gusoo village of Pulwama district this evening when they were closing on the village where intelligence inputs said two to three militants were hiding.

“A gunfight has started in the area and all escape routes have been plugged with reinforcements to ensure the militants are prevented from escaping under the cover of darkness,” said a security force official.

Burhan, a local militant who is allegedly involved in a number of civilian and security force killings, is reportedly among the surrounded militants.

Following social media hype, Burhan, who is believed to be educated and belongs to a middle class family, has become a sort of youth icon for separatist armed groups to lure local youth to pick up the gun.

Reports from the area said after news about Burhan being trapped inside the cordon laid by the security forces spread to neighbouring areas, protesters from the adjacent Chewa Kalan village started pelting stones at the deployed security personnel.

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