Kashmir: militants escape after brief gunfight, locals clash with forces

A youth who was injured during the clashes.

A group of militants manged to escape after exchanging fire with government forces in a Jammu and Kashmir village, an official said here on Wednesday.

The official told Kashmir Dispatch that after receiving specific inputs about the presence of militants in Shupian district’s Jam Nagree village, a cordon and search operation was launched by units of army, special operations group of police and paramilitary.

He told Kashmir Dispatch that at least 3 militants were trapped in the village of the southern district and as the forces cornered them a gunfight ensued. “We had specific inputs about the presence of militants and as we were conducting searches we came under fire from a house,” the official said. Army’s 23 PARA Commandos are part of the operation, he said.

There is no exchange of fire as of now and the militants may have escaped, a source told Kashmir Dispatch.

Pitched stone battles erupted as the forces were conducting searches in the village, a resident said. “Youth clashed with forces and hurled stones in an attempt to halt the anti-militancy operation,” the official said.

The encounter started hours after Government of India announced that its forces will not launch any operation against militants but due action will be taken if attacked.