Militant, Army man killed in Kulgam gunfight

Encounter between Security forces and terrorists underway

An Army jawan and a militant were today killed in an encounter in Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir even as security forces were engaged in a counter insurgency operation in Pulwama district.

As the security forces started the operation, they encountered counter-attack from the militants.

During the fierce gun fight, a militant belonged to Hizbul Mujahideen was killed. However, one of them, succumbed to his injuries.

The slain militant, he said, was a B. Tech pass-out and was associated with Hizb. A police spokesman confirmed the death of two militants and added that the operation was still under way. "A hideout was busted and blankets were seized from the spot", said the police.

Officials said the authorities have directed all cellular companies to suspend mobile internet services in entire south Kashmir to prevent spread of any rumour on social media.

However, trains continued to chug from Budgam-Srinagar to Anantnag and Qazigund to Banihal, a senior railway official said.

The security forces had also launched a cordon and search operation in Laam forest area of Tral in south Kashmir's Pulwama district on Tuesday following reports about presence of militants there.

An official said that CASO was launched in Lam forests last night after "specific inputs" about the presence of militants.

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