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Gunfight in North Kashmir, One Militant Killed, Ops. ON

Srinagar, June 17 (WD): An ongoing encounter between security forces and militants in the Aragam area of North Kashmir’s Bandipora district has resulted in the death of one militant. The incident occurred on Monday, and operations are continuing as security forces search for any remaining militants in the area.

According to a top police officer who spoke to the Srinagar-based news agency Wattan daily, the identity of the killed militant has not yet been determined. The encounter began when the joint team of security forces, acting on specific intelligence inputs, approached a suspected hideout in Aragam.

As the security forces intensified their search operations around the suspected spot, militants hiding in the area opened fire, leading to a fierce gunfight. The exchange of gunfire continued for several hours, with both sides engaging heavily.

The police officer confirmed that during the exchange, one militant was neutralized by the security forces. The operation, however, is still ongoing as there may be more militants hiding in the vicinity. The forces are maintaining a tight cordon around the area to prevent any escape.

This incident adds to the series of encounters in the region as security forces continue their efforts to combat militancy in Kashmir. The situation in Bandipora, like many other parts of Kashmir, remains tense with frequent clashes between militants and security personnel.

Local residents have been advised to stay indoors and avoid the area where the encounter is taking place. Authorities have also imposed restrictions on movement in and around Aragam to ensure the safety of civilians and to facilitate the ongoing security operations.

The authorities are also monitoring the situation closely and have ensured that additional reinforcements are available if required. The security forces remain on high alert, prepared for any further developments that might arise during the course of the operation.

Further details about the encounter and the identity of the slain militant are expected to be released once the operation concludes and the area is secured. The incident underscores the continuing challenges faced by security forces in maintaining peace and security in the region.

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