J&K: Clashes erupt as locals pelt stones at Security Forces to field militants during search operation

Clashes erupted during cordon and search operation (CASO) launched by the government forces in Vijpara locality of Hajin in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district on Friday.

Reports said that youths pelted the forces with stones during the CASO in the area.

“The forces responded by firing dozens of tear smoke shells and pellets, triggering clashes,” they said.

Earlier, army’s 13 RR Unit, SOG of Jammu and Kashmir police and CRPF laid a siege around Vijpara locality following inputs about the presence of militants in the area.

A source said that search operation is still going on amid clashes.

Two militants and as many Air Force commandos were killed in a brief gunfight in Hajin earlier this week.

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