Two cops injured during search operation in Kashmir

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Heavy shelling and fires were exchanged between security forces and terrorists, who were tucked away in Awneera village of Shopian in South Kashmir.

Security forces launched a cordon and search operation following information about presence of militants in Avneera village of Zainapora area of the district yesterday.

In a separate incident early Sunday the freedom fighters fired at an army convoy in the northern area of Hajin and injured two police officers and a soldier.

Sources told India Blooms, security forces retrieved three bodies of militants from the derbies on Sunday afternoon and started identification process.

Director General of Police (DGP) Dr S P Vaid has confirmed the death of all the three holed up militants in the encounter.

Two Indian soldiers and three separatist fighters have been killed in a fierce gun battle in Indian-administered Kashmir.

The injured was taken to an Army hospital in Drugmulla where doctors stated his condition to be stable.

The operation is still underway and officials said a tight cordon had been established.

Thousands of residents from adjoining villages marched to the site of encounter last evening and pelted stones at the security forces, sparking clashes during which at least two dozen protesters were injured. Police also said that the Itoo and two others were involved in a number of anti-national and militancy-related activities. Itoo was held responsible for instigating the violence in the Valley after the killing of militant Burhan Wani previous year.

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