Gunfight breaks out in Kupwara forest

Alonzo Simpson
March 21, 2018

Four unidentified militants were killed in an ongoing operation in Kupwara district of north Kashmir, the Army said on Tuesday evening.

"Additional reinforcements were called in to take on militants in the area", a police official said.

As the joint team of forces intensified the searches, the militants hiding in the area opened fire triggering off an encounter, the officer said.

The gunfight broke out inside Halmatpora forest area of the district, about 110 km from Srinagar city. However, he didn't divulge the identity and group affiliation of the slain militants.

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Earlier, a police officer said a joint team of army and SOG launched a cordon-and-search operation at Check Fatehkhan adjacent to forest area of Halmatpora today at around 3:00 pm.

He said the soldiers reacted swiftly and launched an operation to track down the militants.

"As of now reports suggest that five militants had infiltrated recently and two militants had gone to receive them", a senior police official told ET.

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