Over 200 militants killed in Kashmir in 2017: Vaid

Jaish militants killed in Budgam protestors shot with bullets

Over 200 militants killed in Kashmir in 2017: Vaid

Defence spokesperson Col Rajesh Kalia confirmed the death of four militants in the Futlipora encounter.

In the Budgam encounter, the security forces recovered one AK-47 rifle, and one totally burnt weapon, which could be M-4 rifle.

Sopore: A Lashkar-e-Toiba militant was killed and a paratrooper injured in an ongoing operation in Sagipora village on the outskirts of Sopore in north Kashmir's Baramulla district on Thursday.

In 2016, 165 militants were killed by the security forces along the Line of Control (LoC) and in the hinterland.

A police official said three of the slain terrorists were foreigners while one was a local, identified as Shabir Ahmad Dar.

Police sources said one security force personnel sustained injuries during the operation while two civilian youth were hurt in security forces action against protestors who were trying to disrupt the anti-militancy operation.

Eight protesters were injured in the use of live ammunition by the security forces, said an official at the government-run health centre at Pakharpora where the injured were admitted.

Following the incident, the authorities have suspended Internet services in the district.

Reports said the clashes spread from Pakherpora to nearby Dalwan area. He said a combing operation is underway at the site of the gunfight.

"'As the security forces closed in on the hiding terrorists, the security forces were fired upon triggering the encounter in which four Jais-e-Mohammad terrorists were killed", said the police official adding that the search operation was still on in the area.

In 2010, 270 militants were killed.

"The three slain militants belonged to Jaish, which was active in the area from last over two months", Singh said. While 14 civilians were killed last year, the number rose to 54 this year.

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