Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

J&K: Encounter underway in Shopian; 2-3 terrorists holed up

J&K: Encounter underway in Shopian; 2-3 terrorists holed up

An soldier was killed and four others injured on Saturday in an ongoing gunfight between the security forces and militants holed-up in a village in Kashmir's Shopian district, officials said.

Both terrorists and security forces are engaged in a heavy exchange of fire.

Reports said that many civilians were injured after forces resorted to pellet firing on protesters who were trying to disrupt the anti-militancy operation.

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"The militants opened fire on the search party, triggering the encounter which is underway", the sources said.

The encounter is going on in Bagdad area of Awneera village.

In the ensuing encounter, five soldiers were injured and were evacuated to the 92 Base Hospital of the Army where two among them succumbed to their injuries.

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Police said troops of counter insurgency 55 Rashtriya Rifles (RR), special operations group of state police and central reserve police force surrounded Awneera village on Saturday after receiving information about the presence of terrorists.

The clashes erupted as the security forces began conducting house-to-house searches in Noorpora village in Pulwama district.

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