Two militants killed, encounter going on in central Kashmir

Army soldiers in action during cordon and search operation at Chandsuma area of Baramulla district on Thursday. —Excelsior/Aabid Nabi
Army soldiers in action during cordon and search operation at Chandsuma area of Baramulla district on Thursday. —Excelsior/Aabid Nabi

SRINAGAR: Two militants were reportedly killed by security forces in a fierce encounter going on in the central Kashmir district of Badgam since early Thursday morning, official sources said.
Authorities suspended internet service of all cellular companies as a precautionary measure in the district, where demonstrations erupted in which two persons received pellet injuries.
Official sources said on a tip-off about the presence of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militants, Army, Special Operation Group of Jammu and Kashmir and CRPF launched a joint search operation in a village Fatlipora, Pakherpora in Charar-e-Sharief in Badgam district this morning.
However, when security forces were moving towards a particular area in the village, militants hiding there resorted to indiscriminate firing with automatic weapons, they said, adding security forces also retaliated, ensuing an encounter.
They said the residents in the area, where the encounter was going on, have been shifted to safe places.
Sources said, ”It is believed three foreign and one local militants of JeM are trapped in the area.”
Two militants were killed in the encounter, they said, adding however, bodies have so far not been recovered as firing was going on when the reports last came in.
People at Dalwan and Pakherpora hit the streets and pelted stones on security forces and police personnel deployed to prevent demonstrators from moving towards the encounter site. Security forces also used force to disperse the demonstrators.
Naka checking has been established on roads from Pulwama and all vehicles are being searched properly.
The internet service all cellular companies, including Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited has been suspended as a precautionary measure to prevent any spread of rumours on the social network. (AGENCIES)

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