Militants slip after shootout

Excelsior Correspondent
Srinagar, Mar 18: After a brief gunfight with security forces in Mitrigam area of Pulwama district, militants fled away.

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A police officer said that a specific input was generated by police about the presence of militants in Mitrigam area.
A cordon and search operation was launched early today and as the searches were intensified, the hiding militants fired upon the search party leading to a brief gunfight.
“After brief exchange of firing, there was no fire from the other side and during searches no militant was found at the encounter site,” the official said.
“It seems that during the initial exchange of fire, militants managed to escape, taking advantage of darkness,” the officer added.