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Civilian killed, two others injured in separate militant attacks

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Encounter rages on in Pampore area

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Srinagar: A civilian was killed and another injured in two separate militant attacks in Pulwama district of south Kashmir on Thursday, police said.
The ultras fired on Mohammad Ayoub Ahangar, a shopkeeper, in his native Panzwa village in Tral area, a police official said.
Ahanger died while being shifted to a hospital, police sources said.
Meanwhile, an official said that during a cordon and search operation at Lalpora, Pampore, militants fired upon forces resulting in injuries to two persons.
He said that both of them were shifted to SDH Pampore, where condition of one said to be critical while as other one has received bullet injury in his leg and his is stable.
The official identified the injured as Abid Nabi and Kifayat Ahmad, both residents of Pampore, adding that during the search operation, contact with militants has been established and operation is going on.
Block Medical Officer (BMO) Pampore, Gulzar Ahmad said that two persons—one with head injury and another with thigh injury were received at SDH Pampore and both were referred to Srinagar. “Abid Nabi with critical head injury is undergoing treatment at SMHS Srinagar while Kifayat Ahmad is undergoing treatment at Bone and Joint hospital Srinagar,” a health official said. Kashmir zone police on its official twitter handle said:
“During CASO at #Lalpora #Pampore, #Militants fired indiscriminately in which two unknown persons got injured. Search in the area is going on.” The police also tweeted that, “During search operation at Lalpora #Pampore, hiding militants have been tracked down by joint security forces. Encounter is going on.”
Operation was launched in the area by a joint team of forces that include the army’s 50 RR, police and CRPF, after receiving specific inputs about the presence of militants in the area. Meanwhile, a police officer said that firing is going on at the encounter site intermittently. Lights have been installed and cordon layers have been tightened to ensure militants don’t flee,” he added. (with inputs from KNO)

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