A policeman stands guard at a street during a curfew in Jammu, February 17, 2019. REUTERS/Mukesh GuptaA policeman stands guard at a street during a curfew in Jammu, February 17, 2019. REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta

Kashmir: 2 militants, 4 Indian soldiers, one civilian killed in gun battle

Update:

The operation is ongoing, and another militant is said to be holed up in a house in Pinglam.

Update:

According to ANI, ‘two terrorists have been killed during encounter between terrorists and security forces, in Pinglan area of Pulwama district.” As per them, the operation is ongoing, and unconfirmed media outlets are suggesting the two killed militants could be the masterminds of the attack on the CPRF convoy.

Original News: 

Four Indian soldiers and a civilian were killed in a gunbattle in disputed Kashmir on Monday, a police official said, as India launched a hunt for suspected members of an Islamist militant group that killed 44 Indian paramilitary police last week.

According to sources, police were acting on a tip about the presence of up to three militants from the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad group, including foreigners, inside a house in a village in Pulwama district. The source, an unidentified police man reporting to Reuters said four army personnel and one civilian, the owner of the house was killed in the gun battle. The fire exchange happened early Monday morning.

An indefinite curfew has been imposed in Pulwama and police have asked people to stay indoors.

Mohammad Yunis, a journalist in Pulwama, said troops were searching the village and civilians trapped in adjacent houses were being evacuated.

Indian forces have detained about 23 men suspected of links to Jaish, which has claimed responsibility for the deadliest attack on Indian security forces in decades.

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