Sopore: An encounter has started between terrorists and security forces in the Rafiabad area of Sopore in Baramulla district on Wednesday.

Srinagar based news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) quoted officials as saying that a joint team of Police, Army and CRPF launched a cordon and search operation in Lyser, Hadipora area of Rafiabad in Sopore jurisdiction.

As the joint team of forces approached towards the suspected spot, the hiding terrorists fired upon the forces, triggering a gunfight, official said.

As this report was being filed, an intermittent exchange of fire was going on.

Earlier, authorities as a precautionary measure closed government degree college Hadipora and Panash institutions to ensure safety of students and staff.