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Jhajjar-Kotli gunfight: NIA likely to take over probe.

The National Investigating Agency has joined the ongoing probe into the Jhajjar-Kotli gunfight in Jammu’s Reasi district in which at least three Pakistani militants were killed on Thursday, officials said.

“We have associated ourselves with the investigations being carried out into the Jhajjar Kotli encounter,” inspector general of police, NIA, Alok Mittal told  on Friday.

We are waiting for orders from the ministry of home affairs to taking over the case,” he said.Mittal said that the NIA teams visited the gunfight site and are in constant touch with the Jammu and Kashmir police.

Three militants who had been intercepted at Jhajjar-Kotli along the Srinagar-Jammu highway on Wednesday morning were killed on Thursday in a joint operation by the army, Jammu and Kashmir police and the central reserve police force. At least 12 security personnel including an army major, a deputy superintendent of police and a deputy commandant of CRPF were injured in the day-long operation.

A senior NIA official said that they will closely concentrate on investigations to find out if there is any similarity between the Pathankot, Uri, Nagrota and some other militant attacks that have taken place in Jammu and Kashmir in the past, and the Reasi gunfight.

“If we find any similarity, it would mean that this attack has been carried out by the same group,” he said, adding that they will probe into the attack “with the help from J&K police.”

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