A gunfight between security forces and terrorists broke out early on Sunday in Tral forest area of Jammu-Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
According to reports, security forces received information of the presence of terrorists in the forest in Branpathry Kahlil of Tral following which they launched a search operation.
The gunfight was triggered after the terrorists, who were in hiding, opened fire at the personnel.
“As the security forces tightened the cordon, the militants started firing which triggered the ongoing gunfight,” the police added.
The security forces comprise personnel from Army’s 42 Rashtriya Rifles (RR), Special Operations Group (SOG) of the state police and 180 BN Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).
Reports say that the exchange of gunfire was not on but the forces have tightened the cordon around the forest.
The gunfight comes a day after an Indian Army soldier, who was on leave, was killed by terrorists at his home in Jammu and Kashmir’s Sopore town.
Muhammad Rafiq Yatoo of the Territorial Army was shot and critically injured at his home in Warpora locality of Sopore and taken to hospital in a critical condition where he succumbed to his injuries.
On the same day, security forces killed two terrorists after they ambushed an Army patrol at Pinjora in Shopian. The terrorists were identified as Rahil Rashid Sheikh from Ganderbal and Bilal Ahmad of Keegam.