Militant, Soldier Killed In South Kashmir Encounter

Security forces step up winter offensive against militants in Kashmir

The gunfights erupted in Kulgam and Pulwama districts, south of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

Security forces had surrounded Nowbug village after receiving information about the presence of militants there.

"As the forces were conducting the searches, the militants fired upon them, triggering an encounter", he said. A police spokesman confirmed the death of two militants and added that the operation was still under way.

During the fierce gun fight, a militant belonged to Hizbul Mujahideen was killed.

Officials said the militants could be foreigners. A gunfight was reported to be underway between security forces and militants in south Kashmir's Tral district as well.

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Paying tributes to the slain militants, Hizb chief Salahuddin, in a statement issued from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, said the ongoing struggle would continue till a logical conclusion was reached. "A hideout was busted and blankets were seized from the spot", said the police.

In Lam village of Tral, the encounter broke out after militants fired upon a search party of security forces.

Meanwhile, internet services were suspended across southern districts of Pulwama, Anantnag and Kulgam on Tuesday.

An official said that CASO was launched in Lam forests last night after "specific inputs" about the presence of militants. The operation has not been called off yet, Pani said.

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