Two gunfights underway in Kashmir

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Srinagar: Two encounters broke out between militants and government forces on Thursday morning in Anantnag and Budgam districts of Jammu and Kashmir, a police official said.

Government forces launched a cordon and search operation in Qazigund of Anantnag district after receiving information about the presence of militants in the area, the official said.

The search operation turned into an encounter with militants when the insurgents opened fire on the forces, he said.

In another operation in Panzan area of Budgam district, forces were locked in a gunbattle with militants hiding in a village, the official said., adding that there were no reports of casualties so far.

Authorities have suspended Internet services in Srinagar and adjoining areas without providing any reason.