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'Two militants' killed in Kashmir clash

Security forces in Kashmir
Image caption The level of violence in Indian-administered Kashmir has diminished in recent months

Security forces in Indian-administered Kashmir have killed two suspected members of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group, the police said.

The militants were killed in separate clashes in Kupwara and Poonch districts, they said.

In recent months, there has been a lull in violence in Kashmir, which is claimed by both India and Pakistan.

Thousands of people have been killed in Kashmir since an armed revolt against the Indian rule erupted in 1989.

In the first incident on Sunday, Farhadullah, described as a "divisional commander" of LeT in Indian-administered Kashmir was killed in fighting with the security forces in the Rajwar forest area at Kupwara, police official Muneer Khan told the state-run Doordarshan News.

Another LeT militant, Abu Usmaan, was killed in a gunbattle with security forces in the Surankote area of Poonch, the local police said.

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