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CRPF man killed in encounter in Pulwama

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Srinagar, May 12: A paramilitary CRPF trooper was killed and a civilian injured in a brief exchange of fire between militants and government forces in Pulwama district of south Kashmir,  police said Saturday.

Government forces launched a cordon and search operation at Chinar Bagh, Mohalla Takiya, in Pulwama late on Friday following information about presence of militants there, a police official said.

“As soon as the search party approached the suspect’s house, militants hiding inside fired indiscriminately due to which the house-owner Bashir Ahmad sustained an injury and is stated to be stable now,” the official said.

He said during the initial exchange of fire between militants and government forces, a CRPF trooper Mandeep Kumar sustained injuries. He later succumbed to injuries.

The militants, taking advantage of the darkness, fled from the spot, official said adding the operation was called off early this morning.

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