No Militant Found During Searches, Likely Escaped During Initial Contact

Srinagar: A brief gunfight took place between militants and security forces in Mitrigam area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Saturday.

A top police officer told GNS that a specific input was generated by police about the presence of militants in the Mitrigam area.

A cordon and search operation was launched during predawn hours, as the searches were intensified, the hiding militants fired upon the search party leading to a brief gunfight, the officer said.

After a brief exchange of firing, there was no fire from the other side and during searches no militant was found at the encounter site, he said.

It seems that during the initial exchange of fire, militants managed to escape, taking advantage of darkness, the officer added.(GNS)