6 soldiers injured in gun battle in Kashmir's Shopian, militants likely trapped

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An army man was killed and four others suffered injuries as a gunfight rages in Awneera village of Shopian in southern part of Kashmir on Saturday, police said.

"The militants opened fire on the search party, triggering the encounter which is underway", the sources said.

On Friday, villagers poured out of their homes and pelted stones after security forces cordoned off the village of Zakir Musa, the chief of Jammu and Kashmir's Al Qaeda affiliate, officials said.

According to The Times of India, the encounter started on Saturday evening between terrorists and the security forces in Awneera village.

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He said that when a cordon was laid and the area surrounded by the security forces, the hidinmg terrorists resorted to heavy firing to break the security cordon and escape.

One person was injured when a petrol bomb was thrown at Badyari Chowk in Srinagar, police said.

They said that injured were shifted to SDH hospital Yaripora and District Hospital Kulgam.

The clashes erupted as the security forces began conducting house-to-house searches in Noorpora village in Pulwama district.

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