1 jawan martyred, 3 terrorists trapped in Khudwani area of Kulgam

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A minor boy among three civilians protesters have been shot dead allegedly by security forces near the site of an ongoing encounter in South Kashmir's Kulgam district where an army soldier has been killed so far in exchange of gunfire with suspected militants earlier today.

They said people, mostly youths hit the streets in Khudwani and adjoining areas in Kulgam, where an encounter ensued between militants holed up in a house and security forces during a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) since late last night.

Representational image. Army soldier take position behind trees during a gun battle between security forces and militants in Shopian in South Kashmir. It is believed that 2-3 Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists are hiding in the area. He was shifted hospital where he succumbed to his injury.

While the police said that Sharjeel was killed in the crossfire, investigation is underway to ascertain how Bilal died.

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Security forces resorted to burst teargas shells and fired pellets to disperse the demonstrators, who were pelting stones. They were removed to the Army's Base Hospital at Badamibagh in Srinagar where one soldier succumbed to his wounds.

They were reportedly part of a local crowd that gathered near the encounter site and pelted stones at security forces. Students of Kashmir University also protested against the security forces.

Meanwhile, authorities on Wednesday suspended Internet services in the area to check the spread of rumours by anti-social elements, police sources added.

In a show of solidarity, representatives from other security agencies also joined in paying their last respects to the martyr, Army spokesman said.