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SRINAGAR: A militants hideout was busted in Shermal Shopian district of south Kashmir. “Incriminating” material and other items have been recovered from the site, an official said. Hideout has been blasted so that militants can't use the hideout in future, he said. Jammu and Kashmir police has filed an FIR has and further investigation is going on, he added.

Earlier, the Jammu and Kashmir Police on Sunday arrested three militants affiliated to the proscribed organisation Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) near a check-point at Narabal on the Srinagar-Baramulla Highway based on a credible input. Incriminating material, including ammunition and live rounds, were recovered. The police have registered a case.

"Three car-borne militants affiliated with proscribed terror outfit JeM (were) arrested by police and security forces at Lawaypora (on Srinagar-Baramulla road) (based) on a credible input today," a police spokesperson said. The spokesperson said ammunition, including live rounds, was seized from the three militants. They were identified as Rayees Hurrah, Shahid Bhat and Ishaq Lone.

Last week, a joint party of police and security forces busted a hide-out in a residential house in Yaripora area of Kulgam district. Police claimed to have recovered arms and ammunition including grenades and live rounds. “Police has registered a case in the matter and investigation has been initiated. One person Mohammad Ayoub Rather of Yaripora has been arrested in this connection,” official had said.

At least 20 militants, including eight from Pakistan, have been killed in the last 21 days since the attack in Pulwama which had claimed the lives of 40 CRPF men, the Indian Army said on Monday. 

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