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Kashmir: Gunfight underway between militants and security forces in Chadoora, Budgam; one civilian dead

One person was killed and four others were injured on Tuesday in security forces' action against stone-pelting protesters near the encounter site in Chadoora area of central Kashmir's Budgam district.

Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Durbugh area of Chadoora in the wee hours following information about the presence of militants in the area, a police official said. He said the search operation turned into a gunbattle after militants opened fire on security forces. As the security forces were engaged in the exchange of firing with holed-up militants, a large number of protesters started pelting stones at the law enforcing agencies, the official said.

He said one person was hit by a bullet in the neck and rushed to a hospital. He succumbed to injuries on way to the hospital. Four others suffered injuries as security forces fired pellet guns and tear smoke shells in a bid to disperse the protesters, the official said.

The gunbattle between security forces and militants was going on till last reports came in, the official said.

Meanwhile, according to The New Indian Express, some terrorists barged into the residence of an assistant sub-inspector of police and a constable in Kashmir’s Shopian district and ransacked their houses in Jammu on Monday night. The terrorists fired gunshots into the air before fleeing from the spot.

According to India Today, the army said that the terrorists are "already making preparations" to target tourists coming to Jammu and Kashmir this year.

Intelligence agencies and army spies have been keeping an eye on the movements across the Line of Control in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, according to India Today. Inputs suggest that operatives of Lashkar-e-Taiba and other outfits are moving towards new launch pads to infiltrate, the sources told India Today.

With inputs from agencies

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Updated Date: Mar 28, 2017 17:35:10 IST