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Gun battle in Kashmir ends with killing of 3rd militant

A 24-hour-long encounter in a south Kashmir village ended with the security forces killing the third militant on Tuesday, on a day the state police chief promised all possible help to rehabilitate the local militants who shun the gun.

Director General of Police S P Vaid, while making an an appeal to the militants "not only as the police chief but also as a father", said all the Senior Superintendents of Police and the Deputy Inspector Generals (DIGs) have been directed to facilitate the return home of the willing youth. His appeal came on a day when the third militant belonging to Hizbul Mujahideen was killed in an encounter that had begun yesterday morning in Pulwama district's Bahmnoo village, about 60 kms from here.
Two militants, Jehangir Ahmad and Kifayat Khanday, were killed in the day-long encounter on Monday.
"The third militant, holed up in a building, was neutralised around 8 am this morning. Bodies of all the three militants along with three weapons were recovered from the scene of the gunbattle," an Army officer said.
"The killing of the three militants is a big achievement for the Army and a major setback for Hizbul Mujahideen outfit," he said.

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