An encounter broke out between militants and security forces in Sopore township of Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla district on Friday morning, and one militant was killed in the gunfight, reports said. The 10-hour-long encounter is still underway and security forces have taken special precautions to prevent locals from pelting stones, CNN-News18 reported.
Acting on specific input, the security personnel had launched a cordon and search operation in the Warpora area of Sopore on Thursday night.
— ANI (@ANI) February 22, 2019
A senior official said the search operation turned into an encounter after the militants fired at the search party of the security men. The exchange of fire was on and further details were awaited, he added.
On Monday, security forces had gunned down the mastermind of the Pulwama terror attack along with two other terrorists of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) in an encounter in which a Major and four other security personnel were also killed. Deputy Inspector General of Police, South Kashmir, Amit Kumar, was also injured in the gunbattle between militants and security forces in Pinglana area of the district.
According to police officials, militants fired upon an army patrol in the area late on Sunday night, following which they sneaked into a residential locality. The army men chased them, leading to an encounter.
With inputs from agencies
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Updated Date: Feb 22, 2019 14:27:52 IST