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Hundreds of Indian soldiers and counter-insurgency forces surrounded Awneera, a village about 50 kilometres (32 miles) south of the main city of Srinagar, on Saturday evening following a tip-off about armed militants in the area. With this a total of 20 militants, including five infiltrators, were killed this month in different encounters with security forces in the valley.

Security forces launched a cordon and search operation yesterday following information about the presence of terrorists in Awnira village of Zainapora area of the district.

SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) - At least two Indian army troopers were killed and three others wounded in an ongoing fierce gunfight with militants in restive Indian-controlled Kashmir, officials said Sunday.

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"Three terrorists were killed in the encounter", S.P. Vaid, director general of the state police, told reporters. Our correspondent reports that the slain terrorists were identified as local Hizbul Mujahideen cadres.

The gun battle went on until Sunday morning.

He said militants lobbed hand grenades and fired automatic rifles from two civilian homes and an apple orchard, killing two soldiers. A dozen stone-pelting protesters were injured in clashes with security forces in the area. Earlier, the youth clashed with the security forces in Awneera to break the cordon around the village on Saturday. The injured were shifted to District Hospital Kulgam for treatment. Many among the injured have suffered bullet and pellet injuries, doctors said, but their condition is stable.

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