Srinagar: There was a lull after a gunfight in Shopian district of south Kashmir on Monday, officials said, while militants made an abortive bid at a camp, housing the Special Operation Group of police in Imam Sahib area of the district.
Officials said that the gunfight started in Baskuchan area of the district after a joint team of police and security forces launched a cordon-and-search-operation following inputs about the presence of the militants there.
The joint team came under fire during the CASO which was retaliated, leading to the gunfight, they said. However, they said, there was lull thereafter even as the joint party intensified searches in the area. There was no fresh contact with the militants amid CASO in the area, they said.
A senior police officer said that the possibility of militants having “fled taking advantage of the orchards cannot be ruled out”. “The searches will resume tomorrow morning,” the officer added.
A top police officer said that militants fired some rounds at the camp. However, he said, no loss of life or injury was reported in this incident. Taking advantage of darkness militants managed to escape from the spot, the officer said.
Soon after the attack, he said, the whole area was cordoned off to nab the attackers. He said a case has been registered in this regard. (GNS)