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Security forces gun down three militants in Indian Kashmir

STORY: Security forces on Wednesday (July 12) killed three militants in an encounter near Budgam district of Indian Kashmir.

Based on a tip-off about presence of militants in a house, an operation was launched on Tuesday (July 11) evening by troops of India’s paramilitary Rashtriya Rifles, Central Reserve Police Force and Special Operation Group of Jammu and Kashmir Police in a village of Budgam.

Militants opened fire while the security forces were laying a cordon and a gun battle ensued.

Budgam Senior Superintendent of Police, Tejinder Singh said the encounter ended on Wednesday morning with the three militabts being neutralised.

A rifle and pistol were recovered from the slain militants and efforts were on to ascertain their identities.

The encounter comes a day after seven pilgrims were killed in a militant attack in Anantnag town of Kashmir.

India has been struggling to restore normality in Muslim-majority Kashmir, which both India and Pakistan claim in full but rule in part.

India accuses Pakistan of pushing in militants from its part of Kashmir to carry out attacks, a charge denied by Islamabad.

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