Encounter ensues between militants & SFs in Shopian

SRINAGAR: A fierce encounter ensued between militants and security forces during a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) in south Kashmir district of Shopian on Wednesday afternoon, official sources said.

They said on a tip-off about the presence of militants, troops of Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police, Rashtriya Rifles (RR) and CRPF launched a joint search operation at Malpatherigam Shopian Wednesday afternoon.

However, an encounter ensued after security forces search party came under heavy fire by militants, they added. Two to three militants are reportedly hiding in the area.

Further details are awaited, they added. Additional security forces have been rushed and deployed in the nearby areas to prevent any law and order problem. (AGENCIES)