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Armed policeman killed in Anantnag gunfight

A policeman was killed as an encounter broke out between armed forces and militants in the Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday, police said.

A police official said the encounter happened when the forces launched a cordon and search operation in Nowgam Shahabad of Dooru in the south Kashmir district acting on a specific input about the presence of militants.

He said as the forces were conducting the searches, the hiding militants fired upon them.

The forces retaliated, ensuing an encounter, the official said.

In the initial firing, police personnel was injured and were shifted to a hospital, the official added.

Reports said the policeman succumbed to his wounds at the hospital.

The exchange of firing was going on and further details were awaited, the official said.

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