Two soldiers , militant killed in Kashmir 's Shopian gunbattle

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An exchange of fire was continuing on Saturday between security forces and militants holed up in a village in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian district, police said. Two-three terrorists are suspected to trapped.

On Saturday evening, Kashmir's inspector general of police, Muneer Khan told a local newspaper that several militants were surrounded by forces in Shopian, but another bunch was shooting at the security team from an open area outside the cordon.

Earlier in the day, two Indian Army soldiers were killed in the fierce gunbattle.

On Friday night, the militants attacked the Army's 42 Rashtriya Rifles headquarters in the forest area of Kalaroos in north-western Kupwara district, injuring a soldier, the officials said.

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They said that during the gunfight, four houses were also damaged. The dead body of one terrorist has been recovered and counter-terror operations are underway.

The sources said the cordon-and-search operation was launched following inputs about the presence of militants including Zakir Rashid Bhat alias Zakir Musa, the head of "Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind", the Al-Qaida's India cell.

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

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