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J&K Encounter Leaves Civilian Dead, Soldier Injured As Militants Open Fire To Break Cordon

Jammu and Kashmir: The security forces had launched an operation in Pandoshan area of south Kashmir’s Shopian district, following information about the presence of militants.

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Security forces on patrol in Jammu and Kashmir.(File photo) AP Photo/Dar Yasin

A civilian was killed and two others, including a soldier, were injured, in an encounter between militants and security forces in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said on Tuesday.

In another south Kashmir district of Anantnag, a gunfight was underway between militants and security forces.

Giving details, a police spokesman said a cordon and search operation was launched on Monday evening by security forces in the Pandoshan area of Shopian following information about the presence of terrorists there.

As the search party was establishing the cordon around the area, the hiding terrorists started indiscriminate firing on it, he said.

The spokesman said the security forces exercised maximum restraint to save and evacuate the civilians present in the area.

"However, during the evacuation process, the hiding terrorists targeted the civilians as well as the security forces in a bid to escape. Although the civilians were evacuated to a safer place, due to heavy firing by terrorists, one soldier Lance Naik Sanjib Das and two civilians namely Shahid Gani Dar and Suhaib Ahmad received gunshot injuries," he said.

The injured persons were immediately airlifted to Army's 92 Base Hospital in Srinagar. However, the civilian, Shahid Gani Dar, succumbed to injuries, the spokesman said.

Taking advantage of the darkness and the civilian presence, the terrorists managed to escape from the site of the encounter but efforts are on to locate them, he said.

It has been observed in some encounters recently in Shopian, Kulgam and Anantnag districts that Pakistani terrorists start firing on civilians and security forces to escape from the cordon, Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, Vijay Kumar said.

"In some such encounters, terrorists managed to escape from cordon but we have lost precious lives of civilians and security forces. We are trying to bring some change in our tactical SOPs," he said.

A fresh gunfight broke out at Kreeri in the Dooru area of Anantnag district, the spokesman said.

He said the exchange of firing was going on and there were no reports of any casualty so far.(With PTI inputs)

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