Gunfight starts in south Kashmir

Srinagar: A gunfight started early on Thursday between holed up militants and the security forces in south Kashmir Anantnag district.

Police said troops of counter insurgency Rashtriya Rifles (RR), special operations group of state police and central reserve police force surrounded Arwani village late on Wednseday after receiving information about the presence of militants.

“As the security forces tightened the cordon, some gunshots were heard, but after that there was no exchange of fire, with the first light today (Thursday) hiding militants started firing at the surrounding security forces.

“The fire was returned and the encounter was still going on,” a senior police officer told IANS.

Asked to confirm if the Lashkar-e-Taiba divisional commander, Abu Dujana was among the holed up militants, the officer said, “We can confirm nothing until the encounter was over.