Militant killed in Budgam gunfight

Srinagar: A militant was killed in an encounter at Chadoora area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Monday, police said. Police said that the encounter is still going on and two more militants are believed to be trapped inside the house.

A senior police officer said that the operation is going on as only one militant has been killed at Kaneera, Patalgam, Chadoora.

“The slain militant has been identified as Musavir Wani of Pulwama. While as two holed up militants may be of foreign origin,” he said. Reports said that another militant has also been killed, but police has not confirmed the killing of the second militant.

Earlier, a joint team of army, SOG and CRPF following a specific information had launched a cordon-and-search operation in the area. As the joint team of forces intensified the searches the hiding militants opened fire triggering off an encounter.

Soon after the news about the encounter spread, the people mostly youth took to streets at Chadoora and its adjoining areas and start pelting stones on forces.

The forces resorted to teargas shelling and used some aerial shots to disperse the protesting people. Police said that two teenagers were injured after they were hit by pellets. In the meantime, the busy market at Chadoora also observed a shut down spontaneously.

Meanwhile, in wake of the encounter, the authorities have blocked internet services in Budgam and Pulwama districts to maintain law and order.

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