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Two militants, soldier killed in gunfight in south Kashmir’s Qazigund

Director general of Jammu and Kashmir police SP Vaid said security forces have cordoned off the area and launched hunt for the militants. ‘An exchange of fire is on’.

india Updated: Dec 04, 2017 23:40 IST
​HT Correspondents
​HT Correspondents
Hindustan Times, Srinagar
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One army jawan injured in an encounter between militants and army in Qazigund on Monday.(ANI Twitter)

Two militants and a soldier were killed in a gunfight that raged in south Kashmir on Monday afternoon after militants attacked an army convoy on national highway in Qazigund.

“Two dead bodies of terrorists recovered. Search still on,” director general of police (DGP), Shesh Paul Vaid tweeted.

“(An) army convoy on its way to Srinagar fired at by terrorists near Qazigund area at 1240 hrs. One soldier on Road Opening Party (ROP) duty injured,” an army spokesperson said.

Local reports said the security forces blasted the house in which the militants were hiding.

The encounter which continued till late in the evening also disrupted traffic on the highway.

“The place lies right on the highway so we had to divert the traffic,” said deputy inspector general of police, South Kashmir, SP Pani.

Director general of Jammu and Kashmir police SP Vaid told HT that the fire had come from a house near Qazigund and the area has been cordoned off. “An exchange of fire is on.”

According to sources, army convoys are easy targets for militants.

In June last year, eight CRPF personnel were killed and 20 injured in an ambush on a convoy in Pampore on the outskirts of Srinagar. In December, three soldiers were killed when motorcycle-borne militants fired on an army bus in south Kashmir.

First Published: Dec 04, 2017 15:06 IST