Militants escape in Hajin after brief gunfight

Militants escape in Hajin after brief gunfight
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Bandipora: A group of militants believed to be four to five in number managed to give the slip to government forces after a brief gun-battle in Hajin town of Bandipora district on Friday.
In Mir Mohalla locality of Hajin town, a brief exchange of gunfire, beginning from the militants’ side, took place at about 6am when government forces were tightening a cordon around the locality, an official said.
Government forces later used drones and sniffer dogs after they spotted blood splattered near the gunfight site, most likely of the two militants who were injured in the brief exchange of gunfire. Mobile internet services were snapped and door-to-door searches conducted to find the militants, with reinforcements called in, till 1:30pm. However, the militants were successful in fleeing the area and the operation was called off.
Clashes also broke out after youth from nearby localities came out and began pelting the government forces with stones, soon after gunshots were heard near Mir Mohalla in the early morning. The forces retaliated by firing tear smoke shells.
SSP Bandipora Zulfikar Azad told Kashmir Reader that the cordon and search operation in the locality concluded on Friday afternoon.
“Two militants were injured in the initial exchange of fire,” he said.