Militants Escape Govt Forces Dragnet In Anantnag

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Srinagar: Unidentified militants on Monday gave slip to government forces after a brief gunfight in Khanabal area of Anantnag district.

Around 11:00 am Monday, police, army’s 3 RR and CRPF laid a siege around Matipora village of Khanabal and launched a combing operation to flush out militants present in the village, reports said. The militants, the reports said, opened fire upon the search team when the search operation began.

A local news agency GNS quoted an unnamed police official as saying that there was a brief encounter between militants and the joint team around 11 hours.

“There was a lull following which massive searches were launched,” the official said, adding that there was no second contact established with militants nor any one was arrested, suggesting that the militant fled from the spot.

Earlier, The Northern Command of the Indian Army tweeted that a “speculative search operation” was launched in the area, some 5 kilometres from Khanabal town followed by a round of fire by the troops at 1100 hours. The army said suspected militants fired back at 115 hours.

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