JK: 3 soldiers injured in Kulgam encounter between security forces and militants

Encounter underway in Kulgam

One armyman was killed and a civilian injured in an ongoing operation against militants by security forces in south Kashmir's Kulgam district on Wednesday.

Two to three militants are reported to be holed up in the area.

According to officials, a gun battle broke out between the militants and the security forces in the early hours.

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However, when the demonstrators, raising slogans, tried to march towards the cordoned off area, security forces and state police personnel deployed in strength immediately swung into action.

Local residents started pelting security personnel with stones, leading to clashes, they said, adding that some civilians were injured.

Another youth, identified as 16-year-old Bilal Tantray from Qoimoh, was brought dead to the hospital, doctors said.

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The encounter is underway between terrorists and security forces in Khudwani area of Kulgam District in South Kashmir.

Internet services have been suspended in Kulgam and adjoining areas to prevent the spread of information about the killings of militants and civilians.

Four injured civilians have been referred to Srinagar for specialized treatment.

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Student protests also rocked Kashmir University in Srinagar and Bandipora town, also in north Kashmir.

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