Soldier, militant killed in Kashmir

An armyman and an engineering-graduate-turned-militant were killed in an encounter between ultras and security forces in south Kashmir's Kulgam district on Tuesday.

A police spokesman said security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Nowbug-Kund village of Kulgam on Tuesday morning after receiving specific information about the presence of two to three militants in the area.
"As the forces were conducting searches, the militants fired upon them, triggering an encounter," he said. In the initial firing, two armymen and a policeman were injured who were shifted to army's 92-Base hospital in Srinagar. One of the army personnel succumbed to injuries.
In retaliatory action by security forces, one militant identified as Muzamil Badroo was killed. According to local media reports, he was a BTech and was associated with the Hizbul outfit. He had joined militant ranks three years ago.
Sources said two other militants who were trapped in the cordon managed to flee from the encounter site. The operation was called off later in the evening.
There was another encounter in Laam village of Tral after militants fired upon a search party of security forces. The search operation was called off later. Sources said the militants managed to escape.
The latest encounters came a day after two militants were killed in a brief shootout with security forces in Rajwar area of north Kashmir's Kupwara district.

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