Soldier, militant killed in Kashmir gunfight (Second Lead)

Encounter between Security forces and terrorists underway

One militant and an Army jawan were killed in an ongoing encounter, which ensued early on Tuesday morning at Qazigund in south Kashmir district of Kulgam.

The gunfights come just hours after two local militants were killed when they attacked a police checkpoint in north Kashmir's Handwara on Monday night.

Meanwhile clashes erupted in Redwani area of Kulgam district and in other adjacent areas in South Kashmir. Reportedly, the fighting started after holed-up militants fired at the team of Indian armed forces comprising of troops from the Rashtriya Rifles (RR), Special Operations Group (SOG) and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).

In Laan Tral of Pulwama, the gun battle broke out after security forces reached the area following a tip-off about militants hiding in the village.

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"The militants fired upon a joint party of police, army and paramilitary troopers who were deployed at a crossing to check the movement of vehicles".

Authorities have suspended internet service in Baramulla district fearing it would mobilize crowds.

The operation in the two gunfight is still underway. Since their independence from Britain, the two countries have fought three wars, two exclusively over Kashmir.

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