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Encounter breaks out in Shopian

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Srinagar, May 16: An encounter broke out between government forces and militants in Shopian district of south Kashmir today, police said.

The militants opened firing on an Army patrol at Jamnagri in Shopian district, the police said, adding that the Army personnel retaliated the fire which triggered the gunbattle.

No casualties were reported.

Earlier in the day, government forces launched a search operation in forest area of Tral in Pulwama district following a brief exchange of firing with militants, a police official said.

He said the government forces launched a search operation as the militants fled in thick vegetation of the forest.

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