Army man killed, civilian injured during Pulwama encounter

Srinagar: An army soldier has been killed while a civilian was injured during ongoing encounter at Aglar Kandi village of Pulwama district in south Kashmir.

A police official said  that an army soldier Sham Sundar of 44 RR sustained serious bullet injuries during exchange of fire with militants and was referred to Army hospital here where he succumbed.

Sources said soon after the news of encounter spread in the area, youth took to streets and started pelting stones on government forces who retaliated with bullets and pellets resulting in injuries to about half dozen youth.

A civilian namely Tariq Ahmad Bhat s/o Ghulam Bhat r/o Kandi Aglar was also injured during the clashes between locals and government forces that erupted in the area amid encounter. The civilian sustained bullet wound on  his chest and has been hospitalized.

Earlier a joint team of Army’s 44 RR, Special Operations Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir Police and CRPF cordoned off the village after receiving specific inputs about the presence of militants, official said.

Official added that as forces approached to the suspected spot militants hiding there fired on them triggering an encounter.

Clashes were going on when the last reports came in.

Meanwhile, Internet services have been snapped in Pulwama district in wake of the gunfight.

More details awaited.

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