Army man killed in Awneera gunfight


An encounter has broken out between terrorists and security forces in Shopian town of south Kashmir.

As the security forces surrounded the hiding militants, they were fired upon, triggering the gunfight, police said. The Army officers retaliated, leading to a gunfight.

The injured cops have been taken to a hospital for treatment, the official said, adding the cordon and search operation is going on in the area.

Since July 30, 14 militants have been killed in encounters with security forces in Kashmir.

Among those trapped, the reports said include some top commanders of Hizbul Mujahideen and Laskar-e-Toiba. "Four others have been injured", he said.

The sources said the cordon-and-search operation was launched following inputs about the presence of militants including Zakir Rashid Bhat alias Zakir Musa, the head of "Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind", the Al-Qaida's India cell. However, no body was recovered when this report was filed.

Heavy stone pelting has been reported on the spot.

Police also denied rumours that a mosque was damaged during the gunfight between the security forces and the militants.