Militants, trooper killed in encounter

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An encounter between security forces and terrorists broke out at Kulgam in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, the Special Operations Group (SOG) Kulgam and 9 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) of the Army cordoned off Nowbug Kund, Qazigund area of Kulgam following specific information about presence of militants.

Meanwhile, two militants were killed Monday night in a gunfight with government forces in Kupwara district after they attacked a police party in Rajwar area.

A police official said that no exchange of fire was their between militants and the government forces.

The slain militant was identified as Mudasir Badroo, a resident of Yaripora in Kulgam.

The injured soldier and policeman were shifted to a hospital. "A hideout was busted and blankets were seized from the spot", said the police.

Mobile internet service was suspended in Kulgam and Anantnag.

The official said that militants managed to change their positions from time and time while government forces sealed all the exit routes. This resulted in a "brief shootout" in which the militants were killed. He had joined the militant ranks in April 2015 as a Class 10 student. Another militant Majid was also buried in Bratkalan Sopore as mourners chanted anti-India slogans. "The sun of freedom will rise sooner or later in Kashmir".

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