Two militants, soldier killed as Sopore gunfight ends

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Sopore: Two militants were killed in a gunfight at Pazalpora area of Sopore in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Friday morning.

Meanwhile, an Army soldier Brijesh Kumar who was injured earlier in the initial gunfire succumbed in military hospital here at 92 base Badamibagh, Srinagar.

Reports reaching here said that the two militants were killed in the encounter which broke out in wee hours today after Army’s 22 RR, SOG and CRPF 92 bn launched a cordon-and-search operation in Pazalpora area of Sopore.

An Army officer also confirmed the killing of two militants and the soldier in the gunfight.

SSP Sopore Javid Iqbal said that the exchange of firing stopped and the searches have been launched to recover the bodies.

The identity of the slain militants is yet to be ascertained, he said.

SSP said that the operation was launched following the specific inputs about the presence of some militants in the area.

When reports last came in, the searches at encounter site were going on.

Meanwhile, in wake of the killing of the two militants, authorities have closed all colleges and higher secondary schools in Baramulla and Sopore while all educational institutions in Rafiabad will remain closed today. (GNS)

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