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.

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

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