3 Soldiers, Civilian Injured In Anantnag Encounter

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Two Injured In Shopian Grenade Blast

Srinagar- Three soldiers and a civilian were injured on Friday in an ongoing encounter between militants and the government forces in Verinag area of South Kashmir’s Kupwara district.

According to officials, the encounter broke out on Friday evening when a cordon and search operation was launched by the joint team of police and army’s 19 RR in Rishipora in Kapran on the basis of inputs about the presence of militants in the village.

The militants hiding in the village, officials said, fired upon the joint team when they started advances towards the suspected spot. He said the forces returned the fire, setting off an encounter.

In the initial exchange of gunfire, the officials said that a soldier identified as Amandeep and a civilian Mukhtar Ahmad Malik sustained gunshot injuries. Both of them were removed to the hospital for treatment.

The officials further said that the intermittent exchange of fire was going on, even as additional reinforcements have reached the village to tighten the cordon and to thwart any attempt of militants to flee taking cover of darkness.

“#Encounter has started at Rishipora area of #Anantnag. Police and security forces are on the job. Further details shall follow,” Kashmir Police posted earlier on its official Twitter handle.

However, in another Tweet hours later, police said three soldiers were injured in the initial exchange of fire.

“#AnantnagEncounterUpdate: In the initial exchange of fire, three army personnel & one civilian got injured. All the injured were immediately airlifted to 92 base hospital #Srinagar for treatment & are stated to be stable. #Operation going on,” the Tweet read.

The encounter in Verinag comes a day after two non-locals, including a Bank Manager from Rajasthan were shot dead by militants in two separate attacks in Kulgam and Budgam districts of the Valley.

Meanwhile, two non-locals on Friday sustained minor injuries in a grenade blast in Zainapora area of South Kashmir’s Shopian district, police said.

“Militants lobbed grenade at Aglar Zainapora, resulting in minor injuries to two non locals,” Kashmir police posted on its official Twitter handle.

The police further said that the area has been cordoned off.

A local news agency GNS quoted an unnamed police officer as saying that both the injured have been shifted to nearby hospital for treatment where their condition is stated to be stable.

The officer further said that a case has been registered in this regard and investigation taken up.

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