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Four militants, two Indian security personnel and one civilian killed in Jammu and Kashmir gunbattle

(In photo) Indian Army soldiers stand guard in Jammu and Kashmir's Srinagar. Photograph: (Getty)

DNA New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 12, 2017, 06.07 AM (IST)

An encounter took place between Indian security forces and militants in Yaripora of Kulgam district in Jammu and Kashmir.

The two sides engaged in a gun battle, according to TV reports. Bodies of two militants were recovered during the encounter.

According to the Indian Army, different unconfirmed figures on casualties of security forces and militants were doing the rounds as the operation was underway.

According to ANI's latest report, four militants have been killed in the encounter while there are others still holed up as the operation continues. Two security personnel and a civilian were killed while two jawans were injured.

The house in Kulgam's Yaripora, where the militants were hiding. (ANI)

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Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Frisal area of Kulgam district in the wee hours following information about the presence of a large number of militants in the area, a police official told PTI. He said as the security forces were closing in on the position of the militants, the ultras opened firing resulting in injuries to five soldiers.

Two soldiers succumbed to injuries before they could be evacuated for treatment, the official said adding three jawans were airlifted to Army's 92 base hospital here and their condition was stated to be stable.

The security forces returned fire, ensuing in a fierce gun battle that lasted several hours in which four militants were killed, he added.

The search operations were still in progress as security forces suspect that some militants might have managed to escape to nearby areas, the official said.

Four weapons have been recovered from the scene of the gun battle and security forces were also trying to ascertain the identity and group affiliation of the slain militants, he added.

(This first appeared in DNA)

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