Firing during search operation in north Kashmir village

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Srinagar: Government forces on Thursday cordoned off Batpora area of Magam in north Kashmir’s Handwara after receiving input about the presence of militants, sources said.

As the forces reached near a particular spot they fire several rounds in air resulting panic in the area, they said.

A police officer told Kashmir Reader “we cannot confirm an encounter because we did not see any militant so far but we expect a group of two to three militants in the forest area.”