Militant, soldier killed as gunfight rages in Doda

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Encounter

Srinagar: A militants and an Army soldier were killed in an ongoing gunfight in a village in Doda district of Jammu on Sunday, officials said.
The encounter, they said, started when a joint team of police, CRPF and army’s 10 Rashtriya Rifles launched an operation in Posta-Potra village in Gundana area of Doda, following information about presence of some militants.
An Army soldier was critically injured in the initial firing from the holed up militants and he later succumbed to injuries while being evacuated to hospital, they said.
A senior police officer said one of the hiding militants was killed.
The operation is on and further details are awaited, the officer added.
The officials said joint teams of Army’s 10 RR, police and CRPF were launched on Saturday night after inputs were received about presence of two suspected militants in the village.
As the search parties were moving towards the target area, they came under heavy fire around 7.30 am which was retaliated, the officials said, adding the militants took shelter in a house after a brief encounter in the open.
This is the second encounter between government forces and militants in Doda district this year. Earlier, Hizbul Mujahideen commander Haroon Abbas was killed in the same area on January 15.

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