An encounter broke out between militants and security forces in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Sunday, police said.
Acting on specific intelligence input about the presence of unspecified number of militants in Awoora village in Pahalgam area of the district, security forces launched a search operation in the area, a police official said.
As the forces were conducting the operation, the hiding militants fired at them, he said, adding the security forces retaliated, resulting in an encounter.
The SHO of Pahalgam said the encounter was continuing and the forces had not halted the operation for the night.
Meanwhile, security forces arrested a suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba militant, believed to be an associate of slain LeT commander Abu Bakr, in north Kashmir’s Sopore.
A police official said the forces launched a cordon and search operation in Harwan area of Sopore. “During the operation, local LeT militant Fayaz Ahmad Ganai was arrested,” he said.
Arms and ammunition, including a pistol and army fatigues, were recovered from the militant.
The official said Ganai and Abu Bakr operated in the same area.
(With agency inputs)