Three militants, one soldier killed, Two jawans injured in separate encounters in Kashmir

One soldier and three militants were killed on Tuesday in separate gun battles in south Kashmir’s Kulgam and Pulwama districts, officials said. Two jawans were also injured.

They said the army and state police launched a joint operation in Redwani area of Kulgam after information that two or three militants were holed up in a house. An official, who is not authorised to speak to the media, said two militants and one soldier were killed in the operation.

Another militant was killed during a gunfight between security forces and terrorists in Hafoo of Pulwama’s Tral after the army and police launched a joint operation in the area. A police spokesperson said an exchange of fire is underway at Hafoo village.

The area was cordoned off by security forces on Tuesday morning after receiving input about the presence of militants there.

Last week, an army soldier, seven militants and a civilian killed in two encounters between security forces and militants in the state’s Shopian and Pulwama districts on Sunday.

At least 29 people, including 19 militants, seven civilians and three security forces personnel, have been killed in the Kashmir Valley since November 15. Seventeen of these militants, most of them locals, have been killed by security forces in Shopian, Anantnag and Pulwama districts since Wednesday alone.