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Jammu and Kashmir Again Mired in Blood After A Fierce Gunfight

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On Monday, terrorists opened fire at security forces in Budgam and two of them were killed in retaliatory firing.

According to sources, around 4-6 terrorists are believed to be holed up in Shopian’s Zainapora area and forces are engaging them in a fierce gunbattle. Security forces were conducting a regular combing operation when the terrorists started firing.

A fierce gunfight has broken out between security forces and terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district, a day after another encounter in Budgam. The attack comes just days ahead of India’s 70th Republic Day celebrations. A top Hizbul Mujahideen commander is believed to be among the terrorists.

Pakistani military on Sunday once again violated ceasefire and resorted to unprovoked fired at Indian forces in Kathua and Rajouri districts of Jammu and Kashmir along the International Border and Line of Control. However, there were no casualties in the crossfire.

Jammu and Kashmir was rocked by three grenade attacks on January 18. The first grenade attack was reported from Srinagar’s Lal Chowk, the second attack took place in Gagran area of South Kashmir’s Shopian and the third attack was carried out at a police station in Pulwama. Though no loss of life or injuries was reported in the attack on a CRPF bunker located at Ghanta Ghar (Clock Tower) in Lal Chowk area, the CRPF bunker, as well as some shops and cars, were damaged in the attack. An official said the grenade exploded on the roadside.

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