Hours after forces killed two militants in Kashmir, fresh encounters break out

Security forces step up winter offensive against militants in Kashmir

Security forces step up winter offensive against militants in Kashmir

A Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant and a soldier were killed in a fierce gunfight at Kulgam in south Kashmir on Tuesday, as another batch of militants managed to the give the Army the slip after being trapped in Pulwama.

Earlier in the day, the Special Operations Group (SOG) Kulgam and 9 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) of the Army cordoned off Nowbug Kund, Qazigund area of Kulgam following specific information about presence of militants.

The injured soldier and policeman were shifted to a hospital.

In a separate operation, militants gave a search party of security forces the slip in Laam forests of Tral, Pulwama.

Police said as the security forces tightened the cordon around the village, they were fired at by the militants, triggering the fighting.

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"The slain militant has been identified as Muzamil Ahmad of Yaripora village of Kulgam district".

The operation was going on when last reports came in. On Monday, an encounter in Handwara had left two militants dead.

Officials said the militants could be foreigners. A police spokesman confirmed the death of two militants and added that the operation was still under way.

Authorities suspended rail service in North and internet service in twin districts of Kulgam and Anantnag. "The operation was called off after no contact was established with them", a police official said.

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