3 Militants, Soldier Killed In Pulwama Gunfight  

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Srinagar—Three militants and a soldier were killed during an encounter in the Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday, police said.

The security forces gunned down three militants in a fierce retaliation. The operation is underway.

Defence spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia told a news gathering agency that three militants, who are believed to be associated with Jaish-e-Muhammad, have been killed in the fierce encounter that broke out this evening at Kandi Aglar village.

The bodies of all the three militants were recovered along with two AK-47 rifles and a pistol, he said.

The identity of the militants is yet to be ascertained, said the defence spokesman, adding that the encounter is over now but searches are underway.

Security forces launched a cordon-and-search operation in the Kandi belt of Aglar area in Pulwama district in south Kashmir following information about the presence of some terrorists, the spokesman said.

He said the search operation led to a gun battle after the militants fired towards the security forces’ positions.

A civilian suffered injuries in the crossfire, a police spokesman said. He has been identified as Tariq Ahmad sustained a bullet injury during simultaneous clashes between protesting civilians and the security forces near the encounter site. The protesters were trying to disrupt the operation against the holed up militants.

“The exchange of fire between the two sides is going on,” he added.

Police said the injured civilian was shifted to hospital and reinforcements have been rushed to the area to augment the strength of the security forces engaged in the gunfight.

Following special intelligence inputs troops of the Rashtriya Rifles, state police and the Central Reserve Police Force had surrounded Aglar village on Monday evening.

As the security forces closed in on the hiding militants, they were fired at, triggering the gunfight that was still ongoing when this report was filed.

Meanwhile, Internet facility in Pulwama district has been suspended to check the spread of rumours in the area.

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