Encounter ensues between militants, security forces in Shopian forest

Srinagar: An encounter ensued between militants and security forces after a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) was launched by forces in the forest area in south Kashmir district of Shopian on Saturday.
Official sources said that following specific information about presence of militants, a joint CASO was launched by Special Operations Group (SOG) of J&K police, Army and CRPF in the forest area in Shopian.
However, they said when security forces were sealing a particular area, militants hiding there, fired at them with automatic weapons. “The security forces retaliated, ensuing in an encounter,” they said, adding four to five militants are believed to be trapped in the area.
They said additional security forces have been rushed and the area has been further cordoned off to foil any attempts by militants to escape. “The exchange of fire was still going on when the reports last came in,” they added.