SRINAGAR: Seven persons, including an Army officer and four militants, were killed in a fierce overnight gun battle in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, officials said on Tuesday.

The encounter broke out at Awathkul forest area of Kralipora, 130 kms from here, on Monday when police assisted by Army launched a search operation following information about presence of heavily armed militants, they said.

Intermittent firing was going till late afternoon, IG (Kashmir) S M Sahai said, adding, “We have lost two boys (policemen) and an Army Lieutenant in the gun battle.”

An army spokesman said four militants were killed in the operation so far.

He said the casualties suffered by militants could not be ascertained immediately as “it is a difficult terrain and so far we have not recovered body of any militant from the scene of the gun battle.” MIJ RBT.

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