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Civilian killed, soldier injured in Kulgam encounter

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Srinagar: An army man and a civilian were injured during an encounter between security forces and militants in Kulgam district of south Kashmir on Friday, police said.

Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in the Redwani area of Kulgam district following information about the presence of militants in the area, a police official said.

The official said the search operation turned into an encounter after the militants opened fire on the security forces, who retaliated.

“One Army Jawan and one civilian got injured in the #encounter. Search in the area is still going on. Further details shall follow,” a police spokesman tweeted.

However, around 11 PM, Kashmir Zone Police tweeted that the civilian succumbed to his injuries.

“#KulgamEncounterUpdate: Injured civilian namely Manzoor Lone S/O Abdullah Lone R/O Redwani Bala Kulgam succumbed to his injuries. Injured Army Jawan Kiran Singh of 1RR, R/O Ramban is hospitalised at 92 base Hospital Srinagar. Search operation concluded,” Kashmir Zone Police tweeted without providing details about the militants.

It was also not clear as to how the civilian was injured in the encounter.

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