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Multiple gunfights in Kashmir: man, militant among slain

A man was killed and two others, including a soldier, were injured, in an encounter between militants and armed forces in the Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said on Tuesday. 

In another gunfight in the Anantnag district, a militant was killed, they said. 

Giving details, a police spokesman said a cordon and search operation was launched on Monday evening by forces in the Pandoshan area of Shopian following information about the presence of militants there. 

As the search party was establishing the cordon around the area, the hiding militants started indiscriminate firing on it, he said. 

The spokesman said the security forces exercised maximum restraint to save and evacuate the civilians present in the area. 

“However, during the evacuation process, the hiding militants targeted the civilians as well as the forces in a bid to escape. Although the civilians were evacuated to a safer place, due to heavy firing by militants, one soldier Lance Naik Sanjib Das, and two civilians namely Shahid Gani Dar and Suhaib Ahmad received gunshot injuries,” he said. 

The injured persons were immediately airlifted to Army’s 92 Base Hospital in Srinagar. However, the civilian, Shahid Gani Dar, succumbed to injuries, the spokesman said. 

Taking advantage of the darkness and the civilian presence, the militants managed to escape from the site of the encounter but efforts are on to locate them, he said. 

It has been observed in some encounters recently in Shopian, Kulgam, and Anantnag districts that Pakistani militants started firing on civilians and forces to escape from the cordon, Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, Vijay Kumar said. 

A militant was killed in another encounter at Kreeri in the Dooru area of Anantnag district, the spokesman said. 

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