Baramulla encounter: SPO martyred, one terrorist gunned down

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Srinagar: A terrorist was gunned down while one Special Police Officer (SPO) lost his life in the encounter between security force and militants in the Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday morning.

While the identity of the terrorist is yet to be established, the martyred SPO has been identified as Billal. Besides, a sub-inspector Amardeep Parihar who was also injured in the encounter has been admitted to a hospital for treatment.

According to reports, a heavy exchange of gunfire between the terrorists and the security forces began at around 5 PM on Tuesday after the Army, Jammu and Kashmir Police and other security agencies launched a joint operation in the Baramulla district.

In view of the intense firing, police had cordoned off the area for the public.

This was the first encounter between security forces and terrorists in the Kashmir Valley since the abrogation of Article 370.

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