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Four security men killed, Kupwara operation against militants continues

Srinagar, March 1 : Four security men were killed and five others injured in an ongoing gunfight on Friday in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara border district, defence sources said.

The sources said earlier that two militants had been killed in the encounter after which searches were started in Kralgund village.

“During the search operation after the firing exchanges stopped, one of the two militants, presumed dead, stood up and started indiscriminate firing at security forces in which two CRPF personnel and two local policemen were killed. The operation is still on,” police said.

“Five Army soldier have been injured in the encounter. They have been shifted to a hospital,” a police source said.

During clashes between security forces and civilian protesters near the gunfight site, four protesters were injured.

Sources said the injured civilian protesters were shifted to a hospital. One of the injured civilians has reportedly sustained a gunshot injury.

Police said bodies of the militants are yet to be recovered.

The gunfight occurred in Kralgund village of Langate area in Handwara tehsil of Kupwara district.

Information about the militants’ presence was received late on Thursday, following which the early morning raid was conducted.(IANS)

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