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Army officer, militant killed in Achabal encounter

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Another officer, 2 soldiers injured

Srinagar, Jun 17: An Army officer and a militant were killed, while another officer and two soldiers were injured on Monday in an encounter in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, officials said.

A commissioned officer Ketan Sharma was killed while another officer of the same rank and two soldiers were injured in the encounter in the Achabal area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, they added.

The injured were rushed to the 92 Base Hospital of the Army in Srinagar, the officials said.

They added that an unidentified militant was also killed in the gunfight and his body recovered.

Arms and ammunition were also seized from the encounter site, the officials said.

The identity and group affiliation of the slain militant was being ascertained, they added.

Security forces launched a cordon-and-search operation in the Badoora village of Achabal this morning. The search operation led to a gunfight after the militants fired on the forces, who retaliated, police said in a statement.

“Citizens are requested not to venture inside the encounter zone since such an area can prove dangerous due to stray explosive materials. People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosive materials if any,” police statement said.

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