3 Militants Killed In Kulgam Encounter

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Two Soldiers, Cop Injured In Ongoing Gunfight In Anantnag

Srinagar- Three unidentified militants were killed while two soldiers and a policeman were injured on Wednesday in two separate encounters in the twin districts of Anantnag and Kulgam in south Kashmir.

According to a police spokesperson, a joint search operation was launched by police and army in Mirhama of Kulgam on Wednesday night on the basis of information suggesting presence of militants in the area. When the joint team started advances, the police spokesperson said, the hiding militants fired upon them in a bid to escape from their dragnet.

In the exchange of fire, police claimed to have killed three unidentified militants.

The encounter in Kulgam broke out hours after militants and government forced traded gunfire in Verinag area in the neighboring Anantnag district in which two soldiers and a policeman was injured.

The encounter raged on in Nowgam village of Dooru on Wednesday evening when a joint team of police, army’s 19 RR and the personnel of CRPF 164 battalion laid a siege around the village and launched a cordon and search operation to hunt down the hiding militants, a police official said.

The holed-up militants, he said, opened fire upon the search team when the area was being cordoned off.

“The joint team returned the fire, setting off an encounter,” the official said.

According to reports, two soldiers and a policeman were injured in the initial exchange of gunfire with the holed-up militants. The injured identified as Rohit Yadav and Ishant of army’s counter-insurgency unit 19 RR and policemen Depak Kumar were shifted to nearby hospital for treatment.

Pertinently, the twin encounters came five days after police claimed to have killed five militants in three back to back gunfights in Pulwama, Shopian and Anantnag districts of south Kashmir on Saturday last. The five killed militants, as per police, were associated with ansar ghazwat ul hind (AGuH), Lashkar-e-Taiba and Islamic State of Jammu and Kashmir (ISJK) and were involved in a series of attacks on government forces and civilians.

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