After silence during night, firing again started in south Kashmir

SRINAGAR :  Heavy exchange of fire started with the first light this morning after guns remained silent during the night in south Kashmir district of Pulwama,  where an encounter ensued last night after a search party was attacked by the militants.
The Rashitriya Rifles (RR) and Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police launched a joint operation at Peer Mohalla, Ratnipora, in Pulwama district following a tip off about the presence of militants.
However, when the security forces were moving towards particular area in the Mohalla, militants hiding there lobbed hand grenades and resorting to indiscriminate firing. Security forces also retaliated, ensuing a gun battle.
Reinforcement was rushed to the area from nearby camps cordon around the Mohalla was further tightened to foil any attempt by militants to escape under the cover of darkness.          However, operation was halted to avoid any casuality due to darkness, also, there was no firing during the night.
They said with the first light this morning, security forces have resumed the search operation. However, when security forces were marching towards the particular house they came under heavy fire.
Security forces also returned the fire and heavy exchange continued, it is believed that there are more than one militant holed up in the house.
The exchange of firing began soon after a Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) commander Talib Shah was killed in an encounter at Kakpora on August 6. (AGENCIES)

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