Terrorists attack Army convoy in J&K's Qazigund, gun battle now underway

Terrorists attack Army convoy in J&K's Qazigund, gun battle now underway

An Army jawan was injured in the encounter operation.

Two militants and one soldier were killed as a group of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) ambushed an army patrol on Monday noon, triggering a daylong gunfight in Kulgam's Qazigund area.

Sources said two civilians were hit by pellets while the third one sustained a bullet injury during the clashes.

Earlier the LeT had claimed responsibility for attacking the Army convoy.

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The gunfight erupted at village Nussu Badergund, Qazigund of Anantnag district, about 75 km south of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

"The security personnel encircled a house, where the militants had taken refuge".

Locals said they heard heavy gunfire and sound of blasts. Four protesters were injured during clashes and firing by security forces.

Director general of Jammu and Kashmir police SP Vaid told HT that the fire had come from a house near Qazigund and the area has been cordoned off. Defense Spokesperson said, "The operation against terrorists is going on and so far they haven't recovered dead body of any terrorists". In December, three soldiers were killed when motorcycle-borne militants fired on an army bus in south Kashmir.

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