Encounter breaks out in Shopian
Srinagar: An encounter broke out between security forces and militants in Shopian district of south Kashmir on Friday, police said.
Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Kanigam area of Shopian in south Kashmir following information about the presence of militants in the area, a police official said.
He said as the forces were conducting the searches, militants fired upon them. The forces retaliated, following which an encounter ensued, the official said.
The exchange of fire was going on when last reports came in, he said, adding, further details were awaited.
Meanwhile, security forces have arrested a militant associate and seized a hand grenade from his possession in Pulwama district.
Acting on an input, security forces conducted a search of a residential house at Syedabad village in the Tral area of the south Kashmir district, a police spokesman said.
He said during the search, a Chinese-made hand grenade, concealed in a plastic jar, was seized from the premises.
The owner of the house, Amir Ashraf Khan, has been arrested and shifted to police station Tral, the spokesman said.
A case has been registered and further investigation into the case is on, he said. (with PTI inputs)