4 militants gunned down in Baramulla; soldier injured


SRINAGAR, Aug 8: Four militants were killed by security forces in an encounter in the forests of Baramulla district, officials said.
A soldier was also injured, they said.
Security forces had launched a search operation in the Ladoora forests in Rafiabad area on Monday following information about the presence of militants, a police official said.
The search operation turned into a gunbattle this morning with both sides exchanging fire, he said. One soldier was injured in the initial firefight, he said.
An Army official said four militants were killed in the operation which was still on.
Defence Ministry officials said four militants have been killed in the Dooniwari forests. The operation is still going on.
A para commando was injured in the gunfight and was evacuated to hospital for treatment.
"Encounter going on in Dooniwari forest area of Police Station Dangiwacha Sopore, report of presence of 5 terrorists. Wish success to our boys," state police chief S.P. Vaid said on his Twitter page.
Following specific information about the presence of militants in the area, the army started a cordon and search operation. The hiding militants fired at the forces, triggering the encounter, a police source said.
The encounter is going on, the source said, adding that these militants could have infiltrated into the hinterland from across the Line of Control (LoC).

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