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Militant killed, soldier wounded in Shopian encounter

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Another gunfight underway in Anantnag

Srinagar: A militant was killed and a soldier injured in an ongoing gunfight in Hatipora area of south Kashmir’s Shopian district on Saturday.

Quoting official sources news agency GNS reported that one militant has been killed while as a soldier was injured. The soldier had been removed to hospital and when this report was filed; status of his condition was awaited.

The family of a 14 year-old militant, who was believed to be trapped, was also brought to the encounter site to persuade him to surrender.

The gunfight had ensued after a joint team of police and Army’s 34 RR launched a cordon and search operation in Hadipora following specific information about the presence of militants.

As the joint team approached the suspected spot inside orchards, the hiding militants fired upon them which was retaliated, triggering off a gunfight. The encounter was still on while this report was being written.

Another gunfight had erupted in Anantnag district, the officials said.

The gunfight broke out at Semthan in Bijbehara area of the south Kashmir district after security forces launched a cordon and search operation based on an intelligence input about the presence of militants, the official said.

Details of this encounter were also awaited while this report was being written.

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