Security forces, militants clash in Kashmir's Kulgam district

3 securitymen injured fierce encounter on in Kashmir

Police said the encounter erupted late last night following inputs about the presence of militants.

As the fighting raged, hundreds of people poured out of their homes and attacked the security forces with stones.

The terrorists were identified by cops as Muhammad Azad Pala, Bilal Ahmed and Suhail Ahmed Dar from Laskhar-e-Taiba.

Almost 70,000 people have been killed in the uprising and the ensuing Indian military crackdown. One house was completely razed and two others caught fire during the operation, reports said.

Videos showing three terrorists who had managed to escape an anti-terror operatoin being welcomed at the funerals of the civilians who died on Wednesday and chanting pro-azadi and anti-India slogans went viral on social media. Both the state police and the Army launched a joint search operation after receiving a tip-off regarding the hideout. After initial exchange of fire, the operation was halted till dawn while all arrangements were put in place to prevent militants from escaping. According to local residents, soldiers blasted the two houses with explosives.

The martyred soldier has been identified as Sepoy Sada Gunakara Rao.

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However, trains will be plying normally on Srinagar-Baramulla route.

The operation was carried out at Wani Mohall, after security forces cordoned off the area at 11pm. Informed sources said over 40 civilians were injured in street clashes.

Aijaz had received bullet injuries in head and neck. He has skull fracture, but he is stable.

The officials said a 25-year-old man succumbed to injuries at a hospital. "His condition is serious", Dr Jan said. "But he succumbed to injuries during treatment", a doctor who attended to the slain youth said, adding that at least half dozen wounded protesters were brought to different hospitals from the site of clashes.

Almost 50 injured persons having bullet, pellet and injures due to teargas shells have been admitted in various hospitals of south Kashmir and Srinagar.

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