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Inspector, bomb suspects die in Delhi gunbattle

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  • NEW: Police officer dies in gun battle that also saw two terror suspects killed
  • Two more on run; fifth suspect wounded and captured; 2nd police officer wounded
  • Suspects believed involved in last week's New Delhi bombings that killed 24
  • Muslim militant group Indian Mujahedeen claimed responsibility for attack
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NEW DELHI, India (CNN) -- A police officer and two suspected Islamic terrorists believed involved in a series of bombings were killed in gunbattle Friday in New Delhi, a police official said.

A third suspect was wounded and captured and a police officer also was wounded, police said.

Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma was shot three times and died at Holy Family Hospital, police spokesman Rajan Bhagat said.

A head constable also was shot and underwent surgery, said Delhi Commissioner Y.S. Dadhwal. Doctors said the constable was out of danger.

The gunbattle took place on the fourth floor of a home in Jamia Nagar, a Muslim section of south Delhi, according to Deputy Police Commissioner H.G.S. Dhaliwal.

The two dead militants were from the Muslim militant Indian Mujahedeen group, Dadhwal said. He did not release full names for the dead men, identifying them only as Sajid and Asif, alias Bashir. The captured militant was identified as Mohammed Saif.

Two other suspects escaped.

An AK-47 assault rifle and two .30-caliber pistols were recovered at the scene, Dadhwal said.

Last week, the Indian Mujahedeen claimed responsibility for a series of explosions that ripped through busy marketplaces in New Delhi, killing 24 people and wounding about 100.

Police said a prime suspect in the bombings had informed them that the mastermind of those attacks was hiding in the house where Friday's fighting occurred.

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Indian Mujahedeen also claimed responsibility in May for near-simultaneous bomb attacks that killed 63 people in the northwest city of Jaipur.

In the Jaipur claim, the group declared "open war" against India in retaliation for what it said were 60 years of Muslim persecution and the country's support of U.S. policies.

CNN's Bharati Naik and Harmeet Singh contributed to this report

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