Gunfight Rages In south Kashmir’s Shopian

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Srinagar: A gunfight broke out between government forces and militants on Tuesday night in Melhora village of south Kashmir’s Shopian district.

Special operations group (SOG) of police, army’s 55 RR and CRPF laid a siege around Melhora village on Tuesday night amid intelligence reports suggesting presence of militants in the area, news agency GNS reported. When the joint team started search operations, the militants hiding in the village opened random fire in a bid to break the cordon.

“The search team fired warning shots towards the spot where militants were believed to be hiding. The militants opened fire to escape from the spot. However, the joint team engaged them,” a police officer told the news agency.

Quoting sources, the news report further says that two to three militants associated with Ansar Gazwatul Hind were believed to be trapped in the area.

Meanwhile, more reinforcement have been rushed to the area to assist the search teams already present in the area.

The government forces have also installed lights to prevent the militants from escaping their dragnet under the cover of darkness, the report added.

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