Kashmir: Security forces engage in gunfight in Anantnag, mobile phone services suspended

Srinagar: A gunfight started early on Thursday between holed up militants and the security forces in south Kashmir Anantnag district.

Police said troops of counter insurgency Rashtriya Rifles (RR), special operations group of state police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), surrounded Arwani village late on Wednesday after receiving information about the presence of militants.

"As the security forces tightened the cordon, some gunshots were heard, but after that, there was no exchange of fire, with the first light today (Thursday) hiding militants started firing at the surrounding security forces.

"The fire was returned and the encounter was still going on," a senior police officer told IANS.

Meanwhile, mobile phone services were suspended in parts of Kashmir on Thursday as the gunfight raged between militants and security forces. Though there was no official order on the suspension of telephone service in Anantnag, knowlegdeable sources told IANS that the step was meant to check rumours.

Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Abu Dujana, one of the most wanted militants, was suspected to be among the gunmen holed up in a house in Arwani village of Anantnag, some 40 km south of here.

Dujana was said to have had appeared at a protest rally days after the killing of Hizul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.

Wani's killing on July 8 triggered a wave of violent protests that left nearly 100 people, mostly civilians, dead in firing by security forces.

Asked to confirm if the Lashkar-e-Taiba divisional commander, Abu Dujana was among the holed up militants, the officer said, "We can confirm nothing until the encounter was over."

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Updated Date: Dec 08, 2016 14:05:31 IST

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