Encounter breaks out in Shopian village

Encounter breaks out in Shopian village
Security forces on standby near the encounter site at Heff Shirmal village of south Kashmir's Shopian district on Wednesday June 23, 2021.Mir Wasim/GK

Shopian: A gunfight broke out between security forces and militants at a village in south Kashmir's Shopian district late on Sunday evening.

A police official said that joint columns of army's 34 RR, CRPF and police launched a cordon and search operation in Chek Sidiq Khan village of the district on Sunday evening.

"The operation was launched after the forces were tipped off about the presence of militants in the area", said the official.

The operation, according to the official, turned into a gunfight after the militants hiding in the area opened fire on the forces at around 9.15 pm.

The exchange of bullets was going on at time of filing this report.

"Two militants are believed to be trapped in the area", said the official.

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