Shopian Encounter: Militants escape after brief exchange of fire

Officials say ammunition recovered from encounter site during sealed

After a brief exchange of fire, militants have managed to give slip to security forces in Wathoo area of South Kashmir’s Shopian district where an encounter broke out last night, officials said here on Thursday.

An official told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer that encounter broke out last evening after a joint team of Police, Army and CRPF launched search operation in the area.

He said as the joint team of forces intensified searches towards suspected spot, the hiding militants fired upon the party, which was retaliated to, triggering an encounter.

“After initial exchange of fire, no contact was established with the militants,” he said.

He said cordon layers were tightened after initial exchange of fire, however, no militants were found during subsequent searches after which the operation was called off.

He, however, said during searches two Pherans, two pistol rounds and three AK-47 rounds were recovered from the site—(KNO)

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