1 soldier martyred, 4 injured in Kashmir gunfight with terrorists

Srinagar: An soldier was killed and four others injured on Saturday in an ongoing gunfight between the security forces and militants holed-up in a village in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian district, officials said. The gunfight broke out in Awneera village of Shopian after security forces including the army's Rashtriya Rifles, state police and the Central Reserve Police Force, on receiving intelligence reports that a group of two to three militants were hiding in the village, surrounded it, but came under fire from the militants.

"The injured soldiers have been shifted to hospital. The gunfight is still g oing on in the village," police said.

Reports from the village said stone-pelting protesters clashed with the security forces in the village to break the cordon around the village.

Seven civilians are reported to have sustained pellet injuries during the clashes and have been shifted to hospital for treatment.

Police strongly denied rumours that a mosque was damaged during the gunfight between the security forces and the militants.