J&K: One more militant killed, toll mounts to 7

Srinagar, July 7 (UNI) Security forces shot dead one more militant in two ongoing operations in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kulgam district, taking the militant toll to five, officials said.

On Saturday, four militants and two soldiers, including an elite paracommando, were killed in back-to-back encounters that erupted in Kulgam district.

The two anti-militancy operations are underway at Modergam Village and Frisal Chinigam.

“One terrorist has been killed in Modergam,” a security officer said. An elite paracommando was killed in the gunfight on Saturday.

Four militants were neutralised by the joint teams of security forces at Frisal Chinigam. A soldier of the Rashtriya Rifles was also killed during the encounter.

The gun battles in Kulgam are taking place at a time when there is heightened security across the J&K due to the ongoing Amarnath yatra that started on July 29 from the twin tracks of the Nunwan-Pahalgam route in Anantnag district and the Baltal route in Ganderbal district. The pilgrims visiting the shrine through both routes have to cross Kulgam district.

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