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Encounter On in Kashmir's Anantnag District; 2 Civilians Killed, 17 Rescued

Security forces launched a cordon-and-search operation in Brenti-Batpora in Anantnag on Saturday. (Photo: Mufti Islah)

Security forces launched a cordon-and-search operation in Brenti-Batpora in Anantnag on Saturday. (Photo: Mufti Islah)

A woman on Saturday was killed after she was caught in an exchange of fire between security forces and militants during an operation in Anantnag district of Kashmir.

Srinagar: Two civilians were killed on Saturday in crossfire between security forces and militants holed up in a house in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir. As many as 17 civilians had been rescued till 1pm.

Security forces launched a cordon-and-search operation in Brenti-Batpora in Anantnag on Saturday after they received information about the presence of militants, including a top Lashkar-e-Taiba commander there, a police official told PTI.

He said the search operation turned into an encounter after the militants opened fire on security forces. A police spokesman said the militants were using civilians as human shields and efforts are on to rescue them. The operation was still on.

(With PTI inputs)

first published:July 01, 2017, 12:35 IST