Militant killed in gunbattle; operation continues

Srinagar: Security forces on Wednesday killed a militant in an encounter which also left a special police officer and a soldier injured at a village in Kulgam district of south Kashmir, a police officer said.

The gunbattle, which began in the evening with militants opening fire on security forces, is continuing at Khazanbal village near Tangmarg, 75 km from here, and it is believed that more militants are hiding in the area, SP (Kulgam) Keshav Ram said.

The identity of the slain ultra was not ascertained yet. SPO Zahoor Ahmad and a soldier were injured when militants, hiding in the village opened indiscriminate fire on a joint search party of the police and Rashtriya Rifles, he said.

The security forces returned the fire and a gunbattle followed. Reinforcements have been rushed to the village to plug all escape routes so that the militants cannot flee the area, the officer said.