Three youth killed in latest bloodshed in occupied Kashmir

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Three militants were killed while a top Hizbul Mujahideen commander managed to give slip to security forces in an overnight encounter in south Kashmir's volatile Shopian district.

Security forces have confirmed that the body that has been recovered was that of Yasin Yatoo, news agency ANI reported today.

Security forces launched a cordon and search operation on Sunday following information about presence of terrorists in Awneera village of Zainapora area of the district. "Two security personnel martyred, while three injured".

Groups of people had earlier relocated to the encounter site and made repeated attempts to help the holed-up militants to escape the security dragnet, the witnesses and officials said. Our correspondent reports that the slain terrorists were identified as local Hizbul Mujahideen cadres. Cordon-and-search operations have begun in the village.

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The militants fired at the Army building in Kalaroos area during the night, a police official said. They were later evacuated to Army Base Hospital for the treatment, where two among them succumbed to their injuries.

In a separate incident early Sunday, three more Indian forces' personnel were injured when a patrol party came under attack in Hajin area of Bandipora district. Almost 150 militants were killed a year ago.

Seven civilians sustained pellet injuries.

The dead soldiers were identified as Sepoy Ilayaraja P, a resident of Tamil Nadu, and Sepoy Gawai Sumedh Waman from Maharashtra.

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