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A policeman was killed in an on-going encounter between the forces and suspected militants in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday morning.

Police said the militants started firing from an under construction mini secretariat building near the Army’s 93 Brigade headquarters in Poonch town around 8 am.

“The militants have been surrounded and all escape routes were sealed,” a senior police officer said, adding the gunfight was continuing.

Shops and business establishments were closed down, even as preparations are underway for the Eid-ul-Azha which falls on Tuesday.

The offensive comes a day after two youths were killed in clashes between protesters and forces in south Kashmir’s Shopian and Islamabad districts, stretching the uprising in the Valley to its 65th day.

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