Shootout in Pulwama

Army soldier killed in brief shootout in Handwara in north Kashmir

An encounter between militants and security forces broke out in an orchard in Pulwama district on Friday.

According to an official, following inputs about presence of militants, police, army and CRPF launched a cordon and search operation in orchards of Tiken and Babhara in the evening.

“As the search was started, militants present there fired upon the forces which was retaliated, triggering an encounter. The firing stopped after about 20 minutes,” he said.

Soon the whole area was cordoned off and a search operation was launched to trace the militants.

The operation was on when the last reports came in.