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J&K: 3 Hizbul militants trapped as gun battle intensifies in Shopian

J&K: 3 Hizbul militants trapped as gun battle intensifies in Shopian

Five army jawans were injured and two others seriously hurt in an ongoing encounter with terrorists in the Shopian district on a late Saturday night.

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 Army officers retaliated, leading to a gunfight.

One person was injured when a petrol bomb was thrown at Badyari Chowk in Srinagar, police said.

When this report was filed the identity of the soldiers could not be immediately ascertained. It is a joint operation by the security forces involving 14 battalion of CRPF, 3 RR and Special Operation Group, Zenapora.

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They said that during the gunfight, four houses were also damaged.

The sources said the cordon-and-search operation was launched following inputs about the presence of militants including Zakir Rashid Bhat alias Zakir Musa, the head of "Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind", the Al-Qaida's India cell.

Heavy stone pelting has been reported on the spot.

After the incident, the army and police had launched search operations in the area to track down the militants.


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