2 militants killed at J&K encounter

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SRINAGAR: Two security personnel, including an Army officer, who was awarded a gallantry medal on the occasion of Republic Day, were on Tuesday killed in a fierce gun battle which also left two Hizbul Mujahideen militants dead in Pulwama district of Jammu & Kashmir.

Colonel M M Rai, commanding officer of 42 Rashtriya Rifles, and a policeman were killed in the gunbattle at Mindora village of Tral, 36km from here, an Army spokesman said.

He said two militants, both locals, were also killed in the operation which left a soldier seriously injured.

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