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22-hour long gun battle ends in Srinagar

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Srinagar, India, Jan 7, IRNA -- The 22-hour long gun battle ended in Srinagar as Security forces on Thursday stormed the hotel in Lal Chowk killing three Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) terrorists.

The operation launched by police and paramilitary CRPF to neutralise the militants, suspended at around 11 PM on Wednesday, was resumed at 0700 hours on Thursday, officials said.

Meanwhile, one of the eight civilians injured in the incident on Wednesday succumbed to his wounds this morning at the SHMS hospital.

A police constable was killed when militants hurled grenades at security forces in Lal Chowk area before they entered the hotel.

"The encounter is over. Three terrorists have been killed. We are ascertaining if there are any more terrorists inside the hotel who may be dead," Kuldeep Khooda, DGP, told reporters.

He said a policeman was killed, a CRPF official and eight other civilians were injured when the terrorists opened fire and lobbed grenades when were checked at a police post in the Lal Chowk area.

A senior CRPF officer described the operation as "an excellent success".

"We handled the situation extremely professionally. We did not cause any collateral damage at all," he said.

"It was an excellent operation on the part of the JK Police and CRPF. We could evacuate all the civilians," he added.

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End News / IRNA / News Code 883694



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