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Militant killed, teenage girl injured in Budgam gunfight

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Srinagar, March 25: A militant was killed and a teenage girl sustained bullet wounds in a pre-dawn brief encounter.

"Today on specific input regarding presence of militants, Budgam police, 53 RR and CRPF launched a cordon-and-search-operation  in Khan Mohalla, Arizal of Beerwah," a police spokesman said.

During the searches, at around 3:00 am militants tried to flee and came out of a house and fired indiscriminately on forces. In retaliation one unknown militant has been killed, whose identity and affiliation is being ascertained, the spokesman said.

Body of the slain along with arms and ammunition have been recovered, the spokesman told GNS.

Meanwhile in the incident a lady received injury in thigh while the hiding militants were trying to escape firing indiscriminately, the spokesman claimed.

Sources identified the injured girl as 17-year-old Humaira daughter of Mohammed Maqbool Khan.

The spokesman further said that hat she has been promptly evacuated to hospital  by the police for medical treatment and her condition is now reported to be stable.

Legal proceedings have been initiated by police and investigation taken up, the spokesman added.

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