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’14-year-old boy who went missing recently trapped in Shopian gunfight’: militant slain, 2 army troopers injured

A 14-year-old boy is among the trapped insurgents as armed forces engaged in a gunbattle with militants in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district on Saturday, a report said.

An unidentified militant has been killed while two army men have been injured in an ongoing gunfight that raged between forces and militants in the South Kashmir district.

Two anti-militancy operations are underway at Chitragam area of Shopian and Simthan village of Bijbehara area in Anantnag district, officials said Saturday.

In Simthan, there was no fresh contact with the militants after the first exchange of fire, while a massive search operation was going on.

Officials said that an encounter broke out between militants and forces in orchards of the Chitragam area in the Shopian district. A top official said that one militant has been killed and two army troopers have been injured in the gunfight.

The gunfight broke out in the area after a joint team of police, army’s 34 RR and CRPF launched a Cordon and Search Operation on specific information about the presence of militants in the area, an official said.

He said that as the joint team of forces approached towards the suspected spot, the hiding militants fired upon them, which was retaliated, thus triggering an encounter.

A senior police officer also confirmed the exchange of fire between forces and militants.

As per the sources, two to three militants are believed to be trapped in the area. “Intermittent exchange was going on till this report was filed,” the official said.

An official said that a 14-year-old boy, who was missing earlier this week, is also trapped at the gunfight site. He said that the family of the boy has been called to persuade him to surrender.

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