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  • Meanwhile, gunfight broke on Sunday after security forces launched a search operation in the upper reaches of Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district following information about suspected movement of terrorists from across the Line of Control (LoC)

A police officer was shot dead from point-blank range by a militant in the Khanyar locality of the city on Sunday, officials said.

They said the militant fired at the officer and injured him. He was rushed to SKIMS in Soura but succumbed to injuries, they added.

The incident took place at around 1.35 pm, the officials said.

The deceased officer has been identified as probationary sub-inspector Arshid Ahmad who was posted at police station Khanyar, the officials said.

The CCTV footage of the incident shows a militant shooting the officer at least twice from behind from point-blank range at a marketplace in Khanyar, they said.

The officials said the area has been cordoned off and a hunt launched to nab the attacker.

Gunfight Breaks Out During Forces' Search Operation For Terrorists In J-K's Rajouri

On the other hand, a gunfight broke on Sunday after security forces launched a search operation in the upper reaches of Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district following information about suspected movement of terrorists from across the Line of Control (LoC), officials said.

The encounter started when terrorists opened fire on the joint search parties of the Army and police in the forest area of Dori Maal near Barote Gali in Manjakote area, the officials said.

They said the gunfight between the two sides was going on for the last several hours but there was no immediate report of any casualty on either side.

The search operation was launched in the area along with parts of Thanamandi in the early hours of Sunday after intelligence inputs suggested movement of a fresh group of terrorists who managed to sneak into this side and are hiding in the forest area, the officials said.

"The encounter is going on and further details are awaited," a senior police officer said.

The twin districts of Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region have witnessed a spurt in infiltration attempts since June this year, resulting in the killing of nine terrorists in separate encounters.

Three soldiers also laid down their lives in the earlier operations.

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