J&K: Terrorists escape after brief encounter in Shopian, operation closed

New Delhi: Terrorists managed to dodge the security forces after a brief exchange of fire last evening at Haripora village in Imamsahib area of ​​South Kashmir’s Shopian district.

Acting on specific inputs about the presence of terrorists in the area, a joint team of police, army and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel launched a cordon and search operation (CASO) last evening, officials said.

Militants hiding in the area opened fire on a joint team of security forces when they reached the suspected spot.

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Security forces also retaliated, triggering an encounter.

There was no contact with the terrorists till this morning after the initial firing.

Security forces cordoned off after initial firing and a fresh search operation was launched this morning.

However, no contact with the terrorists or any evidence of their presence in the cordoned area was found.

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The security forces have called off the operation after getting no clue about the presence of terrorists in the area.

This comes as the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government at the Center has on several occasions vowed to root out terrorism.