Bandipora Encounter, 3 Soldiers Martyred

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Update:  Three soldiers have died and 15 security personnel have been injured in the encounter with terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Bandipora district.

Update: At least nine security personnel, including five Army jawans, have been injured in the encounter with terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Bandipora district. A terrorist was also killed in the gunbattle. The injured soldiers have been airlifted to an Army hospital in Srinagar; the condition of some soldiers is said to be critical.

Srinagar: An encounter between militants and security forces broke out in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district on Tuesday, police reportedly said.

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Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Parray Mohalla in Hajin area of the district this morning following specific intelligence inputs about the presence of militants in the area, the official said.

He said while the forces were conducting the search operation, the hiding militants fired upon them, triggering an encounter.

Firing was going on as per the last media reports, the official said.