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Five militants were killed in an ongoing encounter with counter insurgent forces at Banpawa village of south Kashmir’s Shopian district on Friday.

An official said a Joint team of Army, Special Operations Group (SOG) and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) launched a cordon-and-search-operation after “specific inputs” about the presence of militants in the area.

As such the joint team of forces approached towards the suspected spot, the hiding militants fired upon them, triggering off a brief exchange of fire, he said.

He said in the gunfight, five militants have been killed and operation is going on. The identity slain militants were not known immediately, said the official.

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