Policeman killed in Kashmir gunfight

Srinagar, Nov 16 (IANS) A policeman was killed in a gunfight with militants in north Kashmir on Wednesday, police said.

Following specific information, about a group of militants hiding in the Zaloora forest near Sopore town of Baramulla district, security forces launched an operation, a senior police officer told IANS.

As the security forces, including troops of 20 Rashtriya Rifles and Special Operations Group, closed in on the hiding militants, “the insurgents opened indiscriminate fire killing a police constable,” the official said.

The slain policeman was identified as Muhammad Shafi.

According to police sources, the militants appeared to have escaped, however, the officer said the combing opereation was on.

–IANS

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