J&K: Encounter underway in Shopian; 2-3 terrorists holed up

J&K: Encounter underway in Shopian; 2-3 terrorists holed up

Police officials said that the security forces were conducting a search operation when the militants opened fire at them.

The army in collaboration with the para commandos was carrying out the operation in Kupwara, comprising forested areas of Kunnad, Kani Behak, Batpora Haihama, Manigah and Chat.

Meanwhile, different reports suggest presence of 10 to 13 militants even though the number could not be officially confirmed.

Two Indian Army soldiers were killed in an encounter with terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian on Sunday morning.

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In the initial gunfight five soldiers including an army captain sustained injuries and were shifted to military hospital Badamibagh Srinagar.

After receiving intelligence inputs that a group of two to three militants were hiding in the village, security forces including Rashtriya Rifles, state police and the CRPF surrounded the area on Saturday.

As such the joint team was moving towards the target area, the militants in a bid to break the cordon fired upon them, triggering off a fierce encounter. "The gunfight is still going on in the village", police said. However, there was no report of casualty.