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Soldier killed in Kashmir encounter with militants
12 August 2017, 10:24 | Darnell Patrick
Encounter breaks out in Kashmir's Shopian, 2-3 terrorists believed to be trapped
He said as the security forces were conducting searches, the militants opened firing on them which was retaliated by the law enforcement personnel, triggering a gunfight.
An exchange of fire was continuing on Saturday between security forces and militants holed up in a village in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian district, police said.
Police said three militants are believed to be holed up inside the village. "Once the operation is over, we can give the details of the militants", he said. Locals tried to hamper the counter-insurgency operation but police prevented them from going near the gunfight spot, said an official, adding that teargas canisters were used by forces. It is a joint operation by the security forces involving 14 battalion of CRPF, 3 RR and Special Operation Group, Zenapora.
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Meanwhile, stone pelting clashes erupted near the encounter site.
The sources said the cordon-and-search operation was launched following inputs about the presence of militants including Zakir Rashid Bhat alias Zakir Musa, the head of "Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind", the Al-Qaida's India cell.
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