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Kashmir: militant killed, jawan hurt in gun battle

Peerzada Ashiq, Hindustan Times  Srinagar, July 05, 2014
First Published: 11:02 IST(5/7/2014) | Last Updated: 14:47 IST(5/7/2014)

One militant is believed to be killed and an Indian Army soldier injured on Saturday in an encounter with security forces in Tral area of south Kashmir's Pulawama district, 40 km away from Srinagar.

According to a police spokesperson based in Srinagar, a joint operation was launched by the police and the Indian Army on a specific information about the presence of militants in Aaripal village at around 4:30am.

"The militants trapped in a house fired upon the joint team injuring one army man," said the spokesman.

Two to three militants are suspected to be holed up in the house though there is no official confirmation.

Preliminary reports suggest one militant, believed to be associated with Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), has been killed in the encounter.

"The body of the militant, along with one AK-47 rifle, has been recovered," a army spokesperson told PTI.

He said a jawan was also injured during the operation.

Sources identified the slain militant as Adil Pathan, a JeM commander, and a resident of Pakistan.

The operation has been extended as security forces suspect that the militants might have breached the cordon and fled into a nearby forest area.

(With PTI inputs)

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