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Encounter breaks out in Shopian

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Srinagar: An encounter broke out between security forces and militants in Shopian district of south Kashmir on Saturday, police said.

The security forces launched a search and cordon operation in the Shirmal area of south Kashmir’s Shopian after receiving specific inputs about the presence of militants there, a police official said.

He said the search operation turned into an encounter after the militants fired at a search party of the forces, who retaliated.

The exchange of fire is underway. So far, there are no reports of any casualty on either side, the official said.

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