Srinagar: A fierce encounter ensued between militants and security forces during a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) in the south Kashmir district of Pulwama, a police spokesman said on Friday.
He said on a tip-off about the presence of militants Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police, CRPF and Rashtriya Rifles (RR) launched a joint CASO at Kakpora in Pulwama late Thursday night.
All roads leading to Kakpora were closed and exit points sealed, he said adding when the security forces were moving towards a particular area, militants hiding there opened fire with automatic weapons. Security forces also retaliated ensuing in an encounter, he said.
Later, a search operation was stopped due to darkness, he said adding with the first light this morning security forces again moving towards the area from where militants were firing.
Exchange of fire between the holed up militants and security forces was going on when the reports last came in, he said adding further details are awaited.