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One Terrorist and Security Officer Killed in an Ongoing Encounter in Jammu and Kashmir's Doda

© AFP 2021 / Tauseef MUSTAFAIndian army personnel patrol near the site of a gunbattle between Indian troops and suspected militants at Pakharpora in the district of Budgam
Indian army personnel patrol near the site of a gunbattle between Indian troops and suspected militants at Pakharpora in the district of Budgam  - Sputnik International
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New Delhi (Sputnik): The union territory of Jammu and Kashmir witnessed a rise in terror activities throughout April, when at least 19 security personnel were killed in 20 counterterror operations across the Valley. On 6 May, Indian security forces gunned down the chief of the terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen Riyaaz Naikoo.

A terrorist and an Indian security officer have been killed in a gun battle, which broke out in the Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir. The encounter broke out on Sunday morning and is still underway, officials said. IGP Mukesh Singh noted that the deceased terrorist belongs to Hizbul Mujahideen and has been identified as Auqaaf, adding that another member sustained injuries. 

"On specific police input, an operation was launched late last night in the Doda district. An encounter has started now", police said in the morning. On 6 May, security forces gunned down the top commander of Hizbul Mujahideen, Riyaaz Naikoo

Indian soldiers stand guard in Srinagar, India, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019. Tensions have soared along the volatile, highly militarized frontier between India and Pakistan in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, as India has deployed more troops and ordered thousands of visitors out of the region - Sputnik International
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As many as 20 terror incidents took place in April, when 29 terrorists were killed and at least 19 security personnel lost their lives, as per police data. Hizbul Mujahideen is a terror outfit in Jammu and Kashmir made up of local youth seeking Kashmir's independence from India. 

Meanwhile, India has accused Pakistan of fuelling militancy in Kashmir. The allegations have been rejected by Islamabad, who has called the resistance in the conflict zone "indigenous".   

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