Militant reportedly killed in Pulwama encounter, operation continues

Srinagar, Dec 28: A militant was reportedly killed by security forces in an encounter which ensued during a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) in south Kashmir district of Pulwama on Friday, official sources said.

Acting on a tip-off about the presence of militants in Baderpora, Awantipora in Pulwama, troops of Rashtriya Rifles (RR), Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police and CRPF launched a joint search operation this morning.

However, when the security forces were moving towards particular area, the militants hiding there opened fire with automatic weapons, they said, adding that security forces also retaliated, ensuing in an encounter. A militant was killed in the encounter, they said. However, the body of the militant has not been recovered so far, they added. Initial reports said two to three militants are holed up in the area.

Additional security forces have been deployed to foil any militant attempt to escape, they said, adding that the operation was going on when the last reports came in.


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