Jammu and Kashmir: 2 terrorists killed in Budgam encounter, operation underway, stone pelting reported

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The security forces were conducting a regular combing operation when the terrorists started firing.

Budgam: A fierce gunfight has broken out between security forces and terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir's Budgam area just days ahead of India's 70th Republic Day celebrations. The encounter between a team of 53 Rashtriya Rifles, Budgam police and the Central Reserve Police Force and the terrorists broke out on early Monday morning in Zinpanchal, Charari Sharief region of Budgam district.

Security forces have cordoned off the area as the encounter is underway. 

According to preliminary inputs accessed by Times Now, around two-three terrorists have been holed up in Charari Sharief area. The security forces were conducting a regular combing operation when the terrorists started firing. There have also been reports of stone pelting by locals.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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