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J&K: Soldier killed in encounter with militants in Kulgam, two civilians dead in clashes

The gunbattle broke out after security forces launched a search operation in the district's Khudwani area on Tuesday night following a tip off about presence of militants there.

Written by Mir Ehsan | New Delhi | Updated: April 11, 2018 1:33:18 pm
The encounter in Kulgam comes on the heels of one of the most violent days in strife-torn Kashmir. (Express Photo by Shuaib Masoodi/Representational)

Two civilians and an Army jawan were killed and two security personnel were injured on Wednesday during an encounter with militants in Jammu and Kashmir’s Wani mollah locality in Khudwani. The gunbattle broke out after security forces launched a search operation in the district’s Khudwani area on Tuesday night following a tip off about presence of militants there.

Officials said a top commander, Azad Malik, was believed to be trapped in the village along with one or two associates. Locals said the Army used IEDs to blast the houses where militants were holed out. Two houses also caught fire.

Three security force personnel were injured in the initial exchange of firing. Later one of them succumbed to injuries at a hospital, an official said. Even as the encounter was going on, local residents started pelting stones at security personnel, leading to clashes, injuring half a dozen civilians. Some of them received pellet injuries and have a been admitted to a hospital. Officials said a 25-year-old man, identified as Sarjeel Ahmad, succumbed to injuries at a hospital.

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ANI reported that owing to the ongoing encounter, mobile internet services were suspended in Kulgam and Anantnag districts of South Kashmir. Train services on Srinagar-Banihal route were also kept in abeyance as a precautionary measure. However, trains will ply normally on Srinagar-Baramulla route.

The encounter in Kulgam comes on the heels of one of the most violent days in strife-torn Kashmir, where 12 militants were killed and another captured in three separate encounters in Shopian and Anantnag last week. Three Army jawans and four civilians were also killed in the incident.

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