J&K: Encounter underway in Tral, top militant commander believed to be trapped

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An encounter is underway between security forces and terrorists in Tral area of Pulwama district in Jammu and Kashmir.

ANI reports that security forces have begun a cordon and search operation in Tral.

Top militant commander Sabzar Ahmad is reportedly trapped in the area. Ahmad took over as operational chief of Hizbul Mujahideen following Burhan Wani’s death in July 2016.

According to ANI, an incident of weapon snatching from a CRPF jawan has also taken place here.

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A fierce gunfight between security forces and militants was on Saturday in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district even as local protesters clashed with the security men to disrupt the operation and thrashed a paramilitary trooper, police said.

Security forces surrounded Hafoo Nazneenpora village in Tral area following reports about militants hiding there, police said here.

“As the security forces closed on the hiding militants, they came under heavy automatic gunfire which was returned, leading to a gunfight,” a police officer said, adding that some top militants active in south Kashmir areas are among the trapped militants.

Youth meanwhile resorted to heavy stone pelting at the security forces, and even a Central Reserve Police Force constable was beaten by the mob and his service rifle snatched.

The injured constable has been shifted to hospital.

The operation against the militants was on as of 8.30 p.m., police said.