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Soldier, civilian killed in Kulgam encounter in Kashmir, gunbattle on

Soldier, civilian killed in Kulgam encounter in Kashmir, gunbattle on

An army soldier was killed and two others, including a CRPF man, injured in an ongoing gunfight with militants in south Kashmir's Kulgam district on Wednesday. Two to three terrorists are reported to be holed up in the area.

However, when the demonstrators, raising slogans, tried to march towards the cordoned off area, security forces and state police personnel deployed in strength immediately swung into action.

They were reportedly part of a local crowd that gathered near the encounter site and pelted stones at security forces.

Sarjeel Ahmad (25), Faisal Ilahi (14) and Bilal Ahamad Tantray (16) succumbed to injuries at a hospital, they said.

The encounter in Kulgam comes on the heels of one of the most violent days in strife-torn Kashmir, where 12 militants were killed and another captured in three separate encounters in Shopian and Anantnag last week.

Clashes also erupted on Wednesday between students and security personnel in north Kashmir's Sopore town as news about the deaths of civilians in Kulgam spread. Two civilians with pellet injuries in the eyes were brought to Srinagar for treatment.

Authorities ordered closure of all schools and colleges in Kulgam and Internet services have been suspended in south Kashmir.


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