Militants escape after brief shootout in Shopian village

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Srinagar, Sep 2: Security forces have called off a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) after militants managed to escape after a brief encounter in south Kashmir district of Shopian on Sunday, official sources said.
They said troops of Army, Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police and CRPF launched joint search operation early this morning following a tip off about the presence of militants at village Imam Sahib in Shopian. Security forces sealed all exit point and launched a house-to-house search operation.
However, when security forces were moving towards a particular area, militants hiding there, fired at them with automatic weapons. The security forces retaliated ensuing in an encounter.
But, the militants, reportedly two to three in numbers, managed to escape from the spot after a brief exchange of fire.
As the news of the operation spread in the area, people hit the streets and tried to disrupt the operation. Several people were injured during the clashes with security forces.
They said the forces have called off the operation.
Meanwhile, seven persons were injured in clashes with the government forces in Shopian district of south Kashmir on Sunday.
Soon after the news about the gunfight spread, the people of the area and its adjoining areas took to streets and pelted the forces with stones.
The police and paramilitary CRPF used tear smoke shells and fired pellets to disperse the protesting people, they said.
At least seven persons received injuries in the forces’ action, GNS news agency reported.
Among the injured three persons with pellet wounds received at Zainpora hospital while two with pellet inuuries in eyes were brought to district hospital Shopian where from there were referred to Srinagar for specialised treatment.