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

Security forces step up winter offensive against militants in Kashmir

Security forces step up winter offensive against militants in Kashmir

A soldier and a militant were killed and two security personnel injured on Tuesday in a gunfight between security forces and militants in Jammu and Kashmir's Kulgam district.

A police official said a heavy exchange of fire erupted between the hiding militants and the security forces at Nowbug Kund, Kulgam, during a cordon operation.

These encounters are taking place after security forces conducted cordon and search operations in the state, reports CNN-News18.

"The militants fired upon a joint party of police, army and paramilitary troopers who were deployed at a crossing to check the movement of vehicles". One soldier and an SOG cop were also injured in the encounter, the officer added. The operation has not been called off yet, Pani said. The police said that "the attack was repulsed and both the militants were killed".

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The slain militants were identified as local cadres of the Hizbul Mujahideen group. A B.Tech passout, Ahmad was active in the region for the last three-and-a-half years, said sources.

The official said that militants managed to change their positions from time and time while government forces sealed all the exit routes.

Authorities have suspended internet service in Baramulla district fearing it would mobilize crowds. According to a police spokesperson, "The operation turned into an encounter".

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