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Shopian encounter toll 4
2 more bodies recovered
Srinagar August 04(Agencies)
The death toll in the 40-hour-long anti-militancy operation at Pandoshan village, here in south Kashmir mounted to four on Saturday after security forces recovered two more bodies. One of a militant and another of a non-local labourer.

sources said that the bodies were recovered from the debris of the house where a gun battle between militants and forces took place on Friday. A militant and soldier were killed during the initial stage of fire fight yesterday while a soldier had sustained bullet injuries.
The slain militants were identified as Zeenat-Ul-Islam Naikoo of Meemender, Shopian and Manzoor Ahmad Bhat of Wachi, while the non-local labourer was identified as Muhammad Moazim son of Muhammad Akhtar of Saupaul district, Bihar.

The official said that Naikoo was associated with Jaish-e-Muhammad militant group while Bhat belonged to HizbulMujahideen. He said that the operation was called off on late Saturday afternoon.

According to local residents at least 10 structures, including 3 residential houses, two shops, four cow sheds and an apple store were destroyed during the operation
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