One soldier, four militants killed in encounter in J&K’s Shopian

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The hiding militants opened fire at the approaching search party of the security forces

Four militants and one soldier were killed in an ongoing encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian on Tuesday.

“Four militants have been killed so far. One soldier also died. The operation is on in Nadigam in Shopian,” said an Army spokesman.

A joint team of the army’s 34 RR, 23 PARA and the police’s special operation group cordoned off Nadigam around 2 a.m. “There were specific inputs about the presence of militants,” said a police official.

The hiding militants opened fire at the approaching search party of the security forces, triggering an encounter.

The slain militants and their affiliation could not be established immediately.

Internet service was suspended in the district soon after the gunfight broke.

Meanwhile, a youth abducted by militants on Monday evening in Shopian has been released.

A police official said he has been hospitalised for treatment.

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