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Suspected militant arrested in Budgam

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Srinagar: Security forces on Thursday claimed to have apprehended a suspected militant following a brief exchange of fire with in Budgam district of central Kashmir.

A cordon and search operation was launched in Pathanpora area of Budgam in central Kashmir this morning after specific information about the presence of militants in the area, a police official said.

He said the search operation turned into an encounter after militants fired upon a search party of the forces, who retaliated.

“One suspect was apprehended during the search operation. One Chinese pistol, one grenade, six AK magazines and 147 rounds were recovered,” an Army official said.

However, the officials did not specify whether the suspect was arrested from the encounter scene or from the general area cordoned off for the operation.

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