Hizbul Mujahideen militant Farooq Ahmad was killed in a gunbattle with security forces in the wee hours today at Pehlipora in Shopian, 52 kms from here, an army official said.

In another encounter, an unidentified militant was killed in Kupwara district, he said. "The operation in Kupwara is continuing," the official said.

Also, Ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops have been reported along the Line of Control in Uri Sector of Kashmir. "There was a ceasefire violation from across the LoC last night in Kamalkote area of Uri sector," an army official said here.

While there were no reports of any damage in the Pakistani firing, further details of the incident are awaited, he said.

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