Five militants killed in separate encounters in Kashmir

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In one of the encounters, at the Futlipora Pakharpora area in central Kashmir's Budgam, four Jaish militants - three from Pakistan and a local - were killed.

Three terrorists were killed in a gunfight between the security forces and militants on Thursday in Jammu and Kashmir's Budgam district, the Defence Ministry said. And Militants started firing in order to escape from the area this triggers series of Gunfight between armed forces and militants.

In 2016, 165 militants were killed by the security forces along the Line of Control (LoC) and in the hinterland.

The Special Operations Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir Police and 10 Garhwal of Army cordoned off Futlipora on Thursday morning around 6 am after "specific inputs" about the presence of militants, Greater Kashmir reported. A police official said that while over 50 youth protested near Phutlipora encounter, over 100 did so a few kilometres away at Pakherpora.

"By the collective effort of Jammu and Kashmir police, Indian Army, CRPF and the people of Kashmir, we have led to the neutralisation of more than 200 terrorists in 2017 alone", S.P. Vaid, director general of police of Jammu and Kashmir said on Twitter.

"An AK-47 with five magazines and other ammunition has been recovered from the slain militant". One of the seriously injured, a 15-year-old boy, was shifted to a Srinagar hospital later, a report said.

He said this marks a "huge landmark for establishing peace and stability in the state and country".

Authorities have also suspended Internet services in the district to prevent spread of rumours.

The number of killed militants this year is all time high in last seven years.

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