Soldier, militant killed in Kashmir gunfight

Army personnel stand guard during a gun battle with militants who launched a pre-dawn attack on a district police complex in which three security personnel were martyred in Pulwama of South Kashmir

Srinagar:An army man and a militant were killed in ongoing gunfight in Kulgam district of southern Kashmir on Tuesday.

Two encounters are underway in Kulgam and Pulwama areas of Jammu and Kashmir, say media reports.

A counter-insurgency operation was launched at Nowbug Kund village in the morning following a specific input about the presence of militants in the area.

However, when the security forces were moving towards particular area, militants opened fire, they said. Security forces are battling militants in Pulwama, as well.

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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".

"The operation is on", said the police.

Following the militant killings, massive protests rocked their hometowns at Palhalan and Sopore.

The operation was going on when last reports came in. The gunfight between the two sides takes place intermittently across the region.

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