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Soldier, militant killed in Kashmir gunfight (Third Lead)

IANS  |  Srinagar 

A soldier and a militant were killed in a gunfight in and Kashmir's district on Tuesday, the said, denying earlier reports that two soldiers died.

said the operation against an unspecified number of militants in Ratnipora village had ended.

"One terrorist has been killed and one soldier has been martyred in this operation," he said, adding that a weapon was recovered from the slain terrorist.

Earlier reports quoting police sources said two soldiers were killed in the gunfight.

The injured soldiers were taken to the Army's 92 in Badamibagh cantonment area of

The slain militant, identified as Hilal Ahmad Rather, was a local Kashmiri working for the Hizbul Mujahideen outfit.

Police sources said joined the Hizbul as an active militant after he was spotted in a CCTV footage helping the escape of Naveed Jatt, a militant of LeT, from on February 6, 2018.

Naveed Jatt, believed to be responsible for the murder of Shujaat Bukhari, was killed by security forces in district on November 8.

The fighting in Ratnipora village began on Tuesday when a group of militants fired at the security forces.

"In the initial firing exchanges, three soldiers were injured. They were immediately shifted to hospital," the said.

As news about the fighting spread, youths in the area clashed with the security forces in a bid to disrupt the operation.

Mobile in the district were suspended. between Bannihal town of region and the Valley were also suspended for the day.



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First Published: Tue, February 12 2019. 14:00 IST