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Pulwama encounter: JeM chief Masood Azhar's nephew among 3 militants killed

The nephew of Jaish-e-Muhammad chief Maulana Masood Azhar was among the three militants killed by the security forces in a gunbattle in south Kashmir's Pulwama district on Monday.

The killed militant was Jaish's divisional commander Talha Rasheed and the spokesperson of the terrorist group confirmed his identity to a local news agency.

Two other militants killed in the encounter were divisional commander Muhammad Bhai, a non-local, and Waseem, a resident of Drubgam Pulwama, news agency GNS reported.

An army soldier was also killed in the encounter at Kandi Aglar village.

The encounter took place at a time when Dineshwar Sharma, a former chief of the Intelligence Bureau who was tasked by the Union government to initiate talks in Kashmir over the three-decade-old insurgency, arrived in Srinagar.

Three weapons, including one AK assault rifle, one M16 rifle and one pistol, besides ammunition were recovered from the encounter site.

Police said that it was the same group that was wanted for the attack on the police checkpoint a few days back.

Police, however, is yet to confirm the identity of the killed militants.

Azhar, the chief of the UN-designated terrorist group, is accused of several terrorist strikes in India, the most recent being the attack on the airbase in Pathankot in January last year and the Uri army camp last September.