Militant Killed, Soldier Injured In Pulwama Encounter

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Srinagar-An unidentified militant was killed and a soldier injured on Wednesday in an ongoing encounter in Mitrigam area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

Special Operations Group (SOG) of police and army launched a search operation in the Mitrigam area of the district on Wednesday afternoon following information about the presence of militants there, a police official said.

When the search team started advancing towards the suspected spot, the hiding militants, he said, opened fire upon them in a bid to escape from their dragnet. The joint team returned the fire, setting off an encounter.

In the initial exchange of gunfire, the police official said a soldier received minor injury. The injured army man, he said, was removed to a hospital where his condition is stated to be stable.

Following the outbreak of the encounter, the forces have sealed all the entry and exit points leading to the village, the police official said. He said the cordon has been further tightened to ensure the holed-up militants don’t escape from the village under the cover of darkness.

A local news agency GNS quoted an unnamed police officer as claiming that one militant has been killed in the encounter as his body is visibly lying near the encounter site. However identity is yet to be ascertained as gunfight is in progress in the area.

Earlier, Kashmir Zone Police Tweeted, "2-3 militants including foreign militant of JeM outfit trapped inside cordon. Ops was halted for evacuation of civilians. 01 soldier injured. Precautions being taken to avoid collateral damage. Trapped militants will be neutralised at the earliest".

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