Hizbul militant, soldier killed in encounter in Jammu and Kashmir's Kulgam

Encounter between Security forces and terrorists underway

Two militants and an army man were killed in an encounter between militants and security forces in south Kashmir's Kulgam district on Tuesday.

Acting on a tip-off, a joint team of the Army and Special Operations Group of the Jammu and Kashmir Police cordoned off Nowbug Kund in Qazigund, and launched a search operation in the area, when militants opened fire, said a police officer. Sensing that they were trapped, the hiding terrorists fired at the security forces, trigerring an encounter which continues.

SP Pani, Deputy Inspector General, south Kashmir, told The New Indian Express that the injured policeman has been hospitalised and his condition is said to be stable.

Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Nowbug Kund village in Qazigund area of Kulgam this morning.

The operation was going on when last reports came in. "The attack was repulsed and both militants were killed by the timely retaliation of the alert security personnel", a senior police official said.


Elsewhere, a gunfight is underway between militants and security forces in Lam area of neighbouring Pulwama district.

Officials said the militants could be foreigners.

A police official said that no exchange of fire was their between militants and the government forces.

Authorities have suspended internet service in Baramulla district fearing it would mobilize crowds.

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