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Terrorist killed in encounter in Kulgam: Police

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Soldier injured in Baramulla encounter succumbs; LeT terrorist arrested

Srinagar: An unidentified terrorist was killed in an encounter with security forces in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Thursday, police said.

An encounter broke out between terrorists and security forces in the Asthan Marg area of Kulgam in which one terrorist was killed, a police official said.

He said the identity and group affiliation of the slain terrorist is being ascertained.

The search operation in the area is still in progress, the official added.

Meanwhile, an Army soldier was killed and a local terrorist of Lashkar-e-Taiba arrested during an anti-terror operation in Baramulla district of north Kashmir which began on yesterday, police said on Thursday.

A search operation is underway to nab another terrorist who is a Pakistani national, they said.

“Acting on specific information regarding the presence of terrorists in Wanseeran Taripora forest area in Sheeri area of Baramulla, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by police and security forces,” a police spokesperson said.

During the search operation, the hiding terrorists fired at the joint search party, which retaliated and an encounter ensued, he said.

During the initial exchange of fire, one Army soldier received gunshot injuries and was immediately evacuated to the hospital. He succumbed during treatment, he added.

“One local terrorist of proscribed terror outfit LeT, Nisar Ahmad Bhat, was arrested alive,” the spokesperson said, adding that the security forces are carrying out searches to nab another terrorist, a Pakistani national named Usman.

“Arms and ammunition including one modified AKS-74U, one magazine, 28 rounds among other incriminating materials have been recovered from the arrested terrorist,” the spokesperson said.

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