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J-K: Civilian killed in Srinagar firing

Following specific information about presence of militants, the security forces had launched the search earlier in the Qamarwari area.

SNS | New Delhi |

A civilian was killed on Thursday in Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar in a firing during a cordon and search operation, police said.

Following specific information about presence of militants, the search was launched earlier in the Qamarwari area.

There has been no exchange of gunfire between the militants and security forces though so far, reports from the area said.

The deceased was identified as Saleem Malik, who died of a bullet injury, a police officer said.

Authorities imposed curfew in the old city area and suspended mobile Internet services in Srinagar and adjoining Badgam district as a precautionary measure.

Meanwhile, two encounters broke out between militants and security forces today in Anantnag and Budgam districts of Jammu and Kashmir, a police official said.

After receiving information about the presence of militants in the area, security forces had launched a cordon and search operation in Qazigund of Anantnag district.

The search operation turned into an encounter with militants when the insurgents opened fire on the security forces, he said.

In another operation in Panzan area of Budgam district, security forces were locked in a gunbattle with militants hiding in a village, the official said adding that there were no reports of casualties so far.

(With agency inputs)