Gunfight underway in Pulwama

Gunfight underway in Pulwama
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Two LeT militants believed to be trapped

Mohammad Suhail

Anantnag: A gunfight between militants and government forces began in Kakapora area of Pulwama district late Wednesday evening. Pulwama Superintendent of Police Chowdhary Aslam confirmed this while talking to Kashmir Reader over phone. He said, “We cannot ascertain the details, like the number of militants, as of now. But what is certain that an encounter is underway,” Aslam said.
As per sources, a cordon and search operation was launched by a joint team of army’s 50 RR, CRPF’s 182 and 183 Bn, and police’s Special Operations Group (SOG) following inputs from a Special Investigations Team (SIT) in Srinagar of presence of militants in New Colony area of Kakapora. “The area was cordoned off and searches were carried out,” a police source told Kashmir Reader.
Sources said that during the course of the search operation, a particular house was zeroed in on and sensing trouble, the militants hiding in there opened fire at government forces.
“The fire was duly retaliated, triggering an encounter,” the police source said.
As per the SP Pulwama, the firing was on when this report was being filed.
“The operation has not been halted. The firing continues,” Aslam said.
Meanwhile, clashes broke out in the area soon after the cordon was laid by the forces. The clashes died down towards late evening due to the incessant rain and darkness.
As per sources, two Laskhar-e-Toiba militants are believed to be trapped in Kakapora. Names of various militants, locals as well as foreigners, were being circulated on social media.

 

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