Shopian military Op: Militants escape after brief exchange of fire, say officials

Armed forces personnel stationed near military operation site in South Kashmir. [ FPK File Photo/ Qayoom Khan]

Shopian: After a brief exchange of fire, militants have managed to give slip to armed forces in Wathoo area of south Kashmir’s Shopian district where a military operation started last night, officials said on Thursday.

An official said that the operation broke out last evening after a joint team of Police, Army and CRPF launched search operation in the area.

He said as the joint team of forces intensified searches towards suspected spot, the hiding militants fired upon the party, which was retaliated to, triggering the operation.

“After initial exchange of fire, no contact was established with the militants,” he said.

He said cordon layers were tightened after initial exchange of fire, however, no militants were found during subsequent searches after which the operation was called off.

He, however, said during searches two Pherans, two pistol rounds and three AK-47 rounds were recovered from the site. (KNO)

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