Seven militants, cop killed in twin encounters in Poonch, Kashmir

Army on Sunday foiled an infiltration bid along the Line of Control in Nowgam sector of Kashmir’s Kupwara district, killing four militants in an ongoing operation. Four weapons have been recovered from the militants, the army said.
“Alert soldiers posted along the Line of Control in Naugam sector noticed some suspicious movement and challenged the intruders,” an army official said.
The militants opened fire at positions of security forces which was “effectively retaliated”, triggering a gunbattle, he said.
“Four militants have been killed and war-like store recovered from the scene of the gunbattle,” the official said, adding that the operation was still in progress.
In a separate incident, three militants and a policeman were killed, while as two persons, including an officer, were injured in an ongoing gunfight between security forces and militants in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, officials said. Police said the militants started firing from an under construction mini secretariat building near the Army’s 93 Brigade headquarters in Poonch town around 8 am.
“The militants have been surrounded and all escape routes were sealed”, said a senior police officer, adding the gunfight was continuing.
“There was a gun battle near the under construction mini-secretariat at Allah Pir area in Poonch after the presence of militants was detected in the area this morning,” a police officer said.
In the encounter, one policeman died and two persons were injured, police officials said, adding, the deceased was identified as R Kumar.
One of the injured is Sub Inspector of Special Operation Group (SoG) Manzoor Hussain and another a civilian Tariq, they said.
This is the third such attack on the security forces in the district in the last four days. On Saturday, suspected militants attacked a CRPF camp in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district but there was no casualty or damage.

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