A gunfight broke out in Lal Chowk area of south Kashmir’s Islamabad district on Wednesday early morning.
Reports said that the encounter started after a joint team of army’s 1 Rashtriya Rifles, SOG and CRPF laid a siege at Mehmaan Mohalla in Lal Chowk. The cordon-and-search operation was launched in the area since midnight today.
Locals of the area said that heavy firing and blast like sounds are being heard since 4:00 am which created panic in the entire Lal Chowk area of the southern district.
An official said that the joint team of forces launched the cordon in the area following specific inputs about the presence of some militants.
As the searches were intensified in the area which is very congested, the militants fired upon the forces party triggering off an encounter, he said.
He said that two to three militants are believed to be trapped inside a residential house in the area.
More details are awaited.