Militant Escapes Military Dragnet in Pulwama

Srinagar: A search operation in a Pulwama village yielded nothing even after an exchange of fire as militants managed to escape under the cover of darkness, official sources said on Friday.

They said security forces and Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police launched search operations at several places in Pulwama after Hizbul Mujahideen posters appeared asking people to boycott bypoll in Anantnag parliamentary constituency, going to polls on April 12.

However, when security forces reached Batnore Lassipora in Pulwama, which is part of Anantnag Lok Sabha seat, they came under fire from militants hiding there at 0200 hrs in the dead of night.

Security forces also retaliated and exchange of fire continued for some time.

Later additional security forces were rushed to the area and a cordon was laid around the village.

However, with the first light this morning security forces ended the operation as by then militants had managed to escape under the cover of darkness. No one was arrested, they said.

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