Encounter in Anantnag, Shootout in Pulwama

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Srinagar- An unidentified militant has been killed in the ongoing encounter that broke out in Melhora area of south Kashmir’s district on Monday, police said.

State forces launched a cordon and search operation in Melhora area of Shopian after receiving specific information about the presence of militants in the area, a police official said.

He said the search operation turned into an encounter after the militants opened fire at a search party of the forces, who retaliated.

In the ongoing exchange of fire, one unidentified militant has been killed so far, the official said.

According to the official sources, the search operation has been suspended in the area due to darkness. They said that a strict vigil is being kept and the cordon has been further intensified to prevent any holed-up militants to escape from the dragnet of the state forces.

Meanwhile, a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personal was injured after militants on Monday morning fired upon the Joint team of state forces near Gangoo area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

A senior police officer said that militants fired upon joint party of state forces in Gangoo leaving a CRPF man injured. He said that the injured paramilitary personal was immediately shifted to nearby hospital for treatment.

Soon after attack, the area was cordoned off to nab the attackers.

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