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Three militants among seven killed in Kashmir violence

Srinagar, May 5: Three militants, three civilians and a policeman were killed in fresh violence in the Kashmir Valley on Saturday as authorities imposed strict restrictions and snapped mobile phone Internet services following protests near a gunfight site in an old Srinagar neighbourhood. Police said three Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants were killed and four security personnel injured in the shootout in Chattabal, few kilometers away from city centre of Lal Chowk. The gunfight triggered stone-pelting protests by local residents, who tried to help the holed-up militants escape from a hideout in a semi-constructed building in the densely populated locality of downtown Srinagar.

A protester was killed after he came under a police vehicle in the nearby Noorbagh area. Police said a case has been filed against the driver of the vehicle involved in the accident. The gunfight erupted in Chattabal area on the banks of Jhelum after security forces received a tip off about the presence of militants there.
Jammu and Kashmir Police chief S.P. Vaid said the shootout in Chattabal Srinagar ended.(IANS)

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