Soldier and militant killed in two gunfights in Kashmir

SRINAGAR Sep 27 : A soldier and a militant were killed in two anti-militancy operations in Kashmir on Thursday. Three encounters broke out in Anantnag, Srinagar and Budgam districts when security forces launched three separate operations in the wee hours of Thursday.

The gunfight broke at Gaksigund Dooru when the forces were carrying out a search operation in the area.

“In the gunfight a militant and a soldier were killed,” police sources said. The identities of the slain could not be established. Another anti-militancy operation is under way in Budgam district.

Sources said at least two to three militants were trapped in Panzan mosque which had been cordoned by the forces. The operation is under way and special forces had been deployed to flush out the militants. Meanwhile, an unidentified man was killed in alleged Army firing in Kupwara district. Police said the Army at around 2 am had laid an ambush at Rangward area of Kralpora when they noticed a man moving in the area who was challenged.

“He ran away and the army fired at him. The man was injured and taken to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries on Thursday morning,” he said. The identity of the slain youth could not be established. However, he does not appear to be a local.

The Army is yet to issue a statement on the incident.