3 militants killed in Pulwama encounter

THREE militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday, a Defence spokesman said. The security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Pinglish in the Tral area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district after receiving specific Intelligence input about the presence of militants in the area. The search operation turned into an encounter after the militants opened fire at the search party of the forces who retaliated.

The gunfight is going on, the spokesman said, adding the identity and group affiliation of the slain militants is being ascertained. Meanwhile, Pakistani troops on Sunday resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violations targeting forward posts and villages at four places along the LoC in Poonch district, officials said.

The firing was intense in the Krishna Ghati sector, where the Pakistani troops resorted to mortar shelling and firing by small arms from around 04.30 am, which was retaliated to befittingly by the Indian Army, a defence spokesman said.  He said the cross-border shelling between the two sides continued till 07.30 am. There was no report of any casualty on the Indian side, he said.

Officials said firing and shelling by Pakistan were also reported from the Balnoi and Mankote (both in Mendhar sector), besides from Shahpur sector, all in Poonch district, for a brief period in the early hours of Sunday. The firing was mild in nature and lasted for a brief period without causing any harm, they said.

On late Saturday as well, the Pakistan army had targeted Indian positions In Sunderbani sector of Rajouri district for several hours.  Four injured in LoC shelling: FOUR civilians were injured on Sunday in Pakistani shelling and firing on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri sector.

Police sources said the Pakistan Army resorted to shelling and firing on the LoC in Baramulla district overnight and also around 2 pm on Sunday.

“Four civilians were injured in Pakistani shelling and firing in Kamalkote area,” a police officer said. “The injured have been shifted to a hospital. Their condition is stated to be stable.”The Indian Army retaliated strongly.

Authorities have closed all educational institutions within a 5 km radius from the LoC, which divides Jammu and Kashmir between India and Pakistan, in Poonch and Rajouri districts.

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