Militants escape from encounter site in Palhallan

J&K Gunbattle on between terrorists security forces in Baramulla’s Pattan

Kashmir: Security forces battle militants in Baramulla, no casualties reported

SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) - A fierce gunfight between militants and Indian troops broke out Friday in restive Indian-controlled Kashmir, police said.

The mobile internet services were barred in parts of Baramulla district following the gunfight, however after the operation was called off authorities restored the internet services in the district following Friday prayers. There was no firing from militants for the past about an hour and it is reported that they (militants) have managed to escape from the area, where people clashed with security forces.

"Information about presence of terrorists in Tantaraypora, Palhalan was received and accordingly a joint operation was launched in the area".

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As soon as the news of the operation spread in the village, scores of youths took to the streets and clashed with forces.

Meanwhile, source said that the militants believed to be locals managed to break the forces cordon. Security forces resorted to lathicharge and later burst teargas shells to disperse the demonstrators, who were pelting stones after regrouping again and again. The alert sentry immediately retaliated forcing the terrorists to retreat. He was rushed to a nearby hospital for immediate treatment.

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