An exchange of fire was continuing on Saturday between security forces and militants holed up in a village in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district, police said.

Police said following specific information about the presence of a group of militants, security forces including army’s Rashtriya Rifles, state police and Central Reserve Police Force surrounded Awneera village in Shopian.

“As the security forces tightened the cordon around in the village, the holed-up militants fired at the surrounding security forces triggering a gunfight that is now going on,” said a police officer.

Police said three militants are believed to be holed up inside the village.

On Friday, villagers poured out of their homes and pelted stones after security forces cordoned off the village of Zakir Musa, the chief of Jammu and Kashmir’s Al Qaeda affiliate, officials said.

The clashes erupted as the security forces began conducting house-to-house searches in Noorpora village in Pulwama district.
Police said more security personnel — including the police, the Army and the Central Reserve Police Force — had been rushed to the area and three more villages were brought under the extended cordon.

(With IANS inputs)

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