2 militants killed in Pulwama gunfight

Pulwama: Two militants were killed in an encounter between militants and government  forces in Padgampora area of Awantipora in south Kashmir's Pulwama district Thursday, official sources said.

Firing  has stopped, but search operation continues in the area, official sources said. 

They said that forces launched a joint search operation at Padgampora, Awantipora in Pulwama district, following a tip-off about the presence of militants.

However, when  forces were moving towards a particular area in the village, the militants resorted to indiscriminate firing with automatic weapons, which was retaliated, ensuing an encounter.

Two local militants belonging to LeT were killed, they said. However, the operation continued, they added.

''We heard loud explosions and heavy exchange of fire since early this morning,'' local residents said. ''We are not being allowed to move out of our houses by the forces,'' they alleged and said reports of stone pelting were received from some areas.


A teenager boy was also killed after forces fired teargas shells to disperse the protesters, who were trying to move towards the encounter site.

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