07:25 GMT07 April 2020
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Two terrorists of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) group have been killed in a clash with the Indian security forces in the village of Sangam in the northern union territory of Jammu and Kashmir, Kashmir Zone Police said on Saturday.

    “Sangam Encounter Update: 02 LeT terrorists have been killed in this operation by Police, CRPF & Army. Arms & ammunition recovered. Details shall follow”, police wrote on their Twitter page.

    The clash reportedly erupted on late Friday and continued in the early hours of Saturday.

    In January, 21 terrorists and four security personnel were killed in 11 major encounters in the region.

    Lashkar-e-Taiba is one of the largest and most active Islamist militant organizations in South Asia. The group reportedly operates a number of terrorist training camps in Pakistani-controlled parts of Kashmir and is banned in India.

    The situation in Kashmir has been consistently strained amid conflicting sovereignty claims by India and Pakistan. It escalated further in early August when the Indian government decided to annul the special status of the Jammu and Kashmir state and put it under direct federal control. In the lead-up to the move, India sent additional troops to Jammu and Kashmir and put it under a curfew. The number of terrorist attacks on security personnel has been rising for the past two months despite claims made by the Indian Army that the situation in the restive Indian-administered region along the de facto international border was under control.

    Lashkar-e-Taiba, Kashmir, India
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