Encounter rages in south Kashmir’s Awantipora

Bilal Habib

Pulwama: Encounter has started between government forces and suspected militants in a village in Awantipora area of this south Kashmir district.

Special Operations Group (SOG) of police and army laid a cordon around village Kawani in Dogripora area of Awantipora this afternoon after receiving inputs suggesting the presence of militants in the area, a police official said. When the search team made advances, the militants, he said tossed a hand grenade and opened random fire upon them.

“The joint team returned the fire triggering off encounter. The exchange of gunfire is going on,” the official said.