Soldier, 3 civilians killed

Kulgam encounter

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Official sources told that a joint team of army's 1 R, SOG and CRPF laid a siege at Wani Mohalla area of Khudwani at around 11:30 pm.

In the encounter, three security personnel were injured.

"During the search operation, some gunshots were heard after which an encounter started".

Reports said the army on Wednesday morning used explosives to blast the house in which at least two militants were hiding.

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Representational image. Army soldier take position behind trees during a gun battle between security forces and militants in Shopian in South Kashmir. He was shifted hospital where he succumbed to his injury.

The injured were rushed to different hospitals, where a 18-year-old Sharjeel Ahmad, Bilal Ahmad (16) and Faisal Ilahi (14) succumbed, they said the other injured included about 12 who were hit by pellets. He had bullet injuries on the right side of his chest.

Internet services have been suspended in Kulgam and adjoining areas to prevent the spread of information about the killings of militants and civilians.

An Indian soldier and three civilians were killed on Wednesday as a gunfight between security forces and militants in Jammu and Kashmir triggered violent street protests. The encounter started late on Tuesday night.

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