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Earlier, two militants were killed in two separate encounters in the Kashmir valley.

Five Army personnel, including a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO), who were “critically” injured in an ongoing encounter in the Pir Panjal valley’s Poonch on Monday succumbed to their injuries.

The Army spokesman said all the critically injured were evacuated to a nearest medical facility but succumbed to their injuries.

“Based on intelligence inputs, the Indian Army on Monday launched a cordon and search operation in villages close to DKG (Dera Ki Gali) in Surankote area of Poonch. In the ensuing firefight, one JCO and four jawans suffered critical injuries,” Jammu-based Army spokesman Lt. Col. Devender Anand said.

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The anti-militancy operation in Surankote, which falls in the frontier district with a long Line of Control with Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir, is still on.

Preliminary reports suggested three to four militants may be hiding in the area.

Earlier in the day, security forces killed two militants, including a The Resistance Front (TRF) militant behind a civilian killing, in two separate operations.

Imtiyaz Ahmad Dar, a TRF militant, was killed in Gund Jahangeer village of Hajin area of north Kashmir’s Bandipora.

“The slain militant was involved in the recent civilian killing at Shahgund,” Inspector General of Police (IGP) Vijay Kumar said.

Muhammad Shafi Lone alias Sonu, a Sumo driver by profession, was among five civilians killed in the Valley last week.

In another anti-militancy operation in south Kashmir’s Anantnag, an unidentified militant was killed at Khagund area.

“On a specific information, the police went to pick up an over ground worker. As soon as police party approached towards suspected spot, the hiding militant fired upon the police party leading to an encounter,” the police said.