Army pays tribute to soldier killed in Kashmir's Tral

Policeman killed in encounter with militants in south Kashmir

Policeman killed in encounter with militants in south Kashmir

SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, April 24 (Xinhua) - Four militants, an Indian army trooper, and a policeman were killed Tuesday in a fierce gunfight in restive Indian-controlled Kashmir, police said.

Police personnel pay tribute to Constable Lateef Gojri at a wreath laying ceremony in Tral, Kashmir, on Tuesday.

Official sources said a joint team of forces along with the additional reinforcement intercepted a militant group at the upper side of the Goiytengo forests who earlier fled after a brief exchange of gunfire.

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Locals said two of the slain militants could be foreigners.

As the security forces moved deep into forest contact was again established with the militants, ensuing exchange of fire again in which a security force jawan and a militant were killed.

SP Vaid, director general of state police, said on Twitter the encounter continues and wished his colleagues "good luck".

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In the morning, Army and J&K Police Special Operation Group personnel launched an operation in the dense forests of Lam Tral, around 15 km from Tral town.

Four civilians died in firing by security forces that day when thousands of people stormed the gunfight site to help the militants escape.

Defence spokesman in Srinagar Colonel Rajesh Kalia said the operation was still underway.

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