Security forces started carrying out a cordon and search operation in Kareemabad village of Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Tuesday morning.

According to reports, the authorities received specific information about the presence of militants after which the security forces started a cordon and search operation in Kareemabad village in the early hours of Tuesday.

The reports said  security forces were present in the village in large numbers and were carrying out a door-to-door search operation to flush out terrorists hiding in the area.

Meanwhile, there are also reports of minor clashes having erupted between the security forces and village youths during the search operation.

More details are awaited.

On Monday, the security forces foiled a major mishap by defusing an IED that was planted by terrorists on the vital Jammu-Poonch highway to target Army convoys moving towards areas along the Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan occupied Jammu and Kashmir (POJK).

According to Rajouri district police chief Yougal Manhas, the IED was planted in Kallar Chowk area, and was spotted early in the morning by the Army’s Road Opening Party (ROP). During close examination, a bottle filled with a liquid and a polybag filled with some solid material was found. As the ROP flashed an alert, soon a team of police reached on the spot and closed the highway for traffic.

Senior Army and police officers also reached the spot along with the Army’s bomb disposal squad, which after an hour-long exercise destroyed the IED.

The police have initiated investigation into the incident.

(With agency inputs)