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5 militants killed, army para commando injured in two Kashmir gunfights

A house in which the militants were believed to be hiding has been blasted by forces.

india Updated: Nov 30, 2017 21:23 IST
Abhishek Saha and IANS
Abhishek Saha and IANS
Hindustan Times, Srinagar
Gunfight,Badgam,Jammu and Kashmir
Security forces surrounded Futlipora village in Pakherpora area.(AFP File Photo)

Five militants were killed in two different encounters in Kashmir Valley on Thursday, army said.

Defence Ministry spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said that four terrorists were killed in a gunfight with security forces in Budgam’s Futlipora.

In another gunfight that erupted in north Kashmir Sagipora village of Sopore area in Baramulla, police said one militant has been killed so far while a para commando of the army was injured.

Earlier in the morning, police said four militants were trapped in the raging gun battle.

“Encounter is going on at Fotlipora Pakerpora Charishrief area of Budgam. According to preliminary reports, four militants are trapped,” a district police officer had told HT.

A teenager was injured when a mob clashed with the army in Pakherpora Chowk. The mob attacked the army convoy carrying reinforcements to Futlipora village, the police officer said.

Sinar Ahmad, 15, was injured when the army resorted to aerial firing after the mob attack. Ahmad was shifted to hospital in Srinagar, he added.

The police officer while confirming the clashes termed them as “minor” incidents.

Eyewitnesses from the encounter site said that a house in which the militants were believed to be hiding has been blasted by forces.

Authorities have also suspended Internet services in the district to prevent spread of rumours.

Security forces claimed to have neutralised 200-odd militants in Kashmir this year.

First Published: Nov 30, 2017 10:08 IST