JK: Two Army soldiers killed in Shopian encounter

The militants fired at the Army building in Kalaroos area during the night a police official said. pti file

Five army jawans were injured and two others seriously hurt in an ongoing encounter with terrorists in the Shopian district on a late Saturday night.

The exchange of began after security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Awneera village after they suspected of terrorist activity. It is a joint operation by the security forces involving 14 battalion of CRPF, 3 RR and Special Operation Group, Zenapora.

"One of the injured soldiers succumbed in the hospital today", police said on Sunday.

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Police said three militants are believed to be holed up inside Awanira village.

Unconfirmed reports said two militants had been killed during the gunfight, but there has been no official confirmation of this so far.

According to The Times of India, the encounter started on Saturday evening between terrorists and the security forces in Awneera village.

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Police also denied rumours that a mosque was damaged during the gunfight between the security forces and the militants.

Seven civilians are reported to have sustained pellet injuries during the clashes and have been shifted to hospital for treatment.

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The Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.2 percent to 3,275.57 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng was off 0.3 percent at 27,757.09. India's Sensex shed 0.5 percent to 31,846.73 and benchmarks in Taiwan and Southeast Asia declined.

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