Encounter breaks out between terrorists and security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Sopore

An encounter erupted between terrorists and security forces in North Kashmir’s Sopore district on Thursday, as reported by officials.

The exchange of fire occurred in the Check Mohalla Nowpora area, where two to three terrorists are believed to be holed out.

During the crossfire, a civilian sustained injuries and has been admitted to a local hospital for treatment. Security forces are currently engaged in rescuing other civilians from the area.

The encounter was a result of a joint operation launched by the Indian Army and Jammu and Kashmir Police based on specific intelligence input regarding the presence of terrorists in the Nowpora area of the town.

The incident follows a targeted attack earlier this week in Rajouri district, where a 40-year-old man, identified as Mohammad Raziq, was shot dead outside a mosque in his village, Kunda Top, under the Thanamandi police station area. Raziq, who was immediately taken to the hospital, succumbed to his injuries. His brother serves in the Territorial Army.

The attack came less than a week after a migrant worker from Bihar was shot dead by terrorists in south Kashmir’s Anantnag. The victim also succumbed to his injuries after being taken to the hospital.