South Kashmir: Militants Escape Military Dragnet In Anantnag

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Soldiers walking towards encounter spot in Verinag forests on Monday. Pic Shah Junaid

Srinagar: Government forces on Monday launched a massive search operation in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district after militants managed to flee from a forested area after a brief encounter.

State forces launched a cordon and search operation in Verinag forests after receiving specific information about the presence of militants in the area, a police official said.

He said a gunfight broke out after the militants opened fire at a search party of the forces.

The exchange of fire, he said continued for some time before the guns fell silent.

Later, additional forces were rushed to the woods to prevent militants from fleeing.

According to reports, forces also used choppers and drones to track the fleeing militants. The search operation was later called off, reports said.

Militants Attack CRPF camp In Tral

Earlier militants hurled a grenade at a Central Reserve Police Force camp in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Monday night, but there was no casualty, officials here said.

The grenade exploded near the camp, they said.

“Militants hurled a grenade at the CRPF camp at Batagund in Tral area at around 8.30 pm,” police officials said.

The CRPF personnel fired a few rounds in the air following the blast. No loss of life or injury to anyone was reported in the incident, they said.

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