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Three bodies of Naxals have been recovered from the encounter spot that includes zonal commander Alok Yadav, they said. Also Read - Bihar's New Education Minister Struggles to Recite National Anthem, Trolled on Twitter | Watch

An AK series assault rifle and an INSAS rifle have been recovered from the spot. The encounter was led by the 205th battalion of the CoBRA that also had state police personnel, they said.

The CoBRA or the commando battalion for resolute action is a special jungle warfare unit of the Central Reserve Police Force that is deployed in the state for anti-Naxal operations.

In an earlier incident which took place about a month ago, four maoists were killed in an encounter with the paramilitary forces in West Champaran district in Bihar. Several advanced weapons were recovered from the spot. The encounter had taken place in Charapaniya area of Valmikinagar.

(With agency inputs)