JK: Two Army soldiers killed in Shopian encounter

Two soldiers and three freedom fighters were killed in an overnight gunbattle in Kashmir in the latest bloodshed.

The areas that have been cordoned include upper belt of Kalaroose forests and Kunnad, Kani Behak, Manigah, Chat forest areas of Batpora Haihama.

The RR is a high-profile counter-terrorism force, which was established in the nineties.

On July 23, an infiltration attempt was foiled by the Army in the very same area.

One Indian Army soldier was injured in a terrorist attack that broke out on an army camp in forest are of Kalaroos in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir.

Meanwhile, fresh gunfight erupted in Shopian's Awneera village where an encounter had started on Saturday evening.

Earlier, two Indian army men were killed and several others injured in an attack on the forces' personnel who were part of the joint operation in the area.

The Army, police's SOG and CRPF had launched the operation in the hamlet, around 15 km from Shopian town, on Saturday afternoon after having inputs about the presence of militants.

Seven civilians sustained pellet injuries.

In recent years, Kashmiris, mainly youths, have displayed open solidarity with anti-India rebels and sought to protect them by engaging troops in street clashes during military operations against the militants. With the first light this morning, security forces resumed search operation in the area.

Vanessa Coleman

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