SRINAGAR: A major gun battle is underway between security forces and terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag since early this morning. A woman has died after she was caught in an exchange of fire between security forces and terrorists, who are believed to be holed up inside a house in the area.
“Security forces were fired at when they launched an operation in Batpora village after a tip-off about the terrorists hiding in a house. In the cross firing, the woman was wounded and later succumbed to her injuries,” the police said.
Tahira, 44, sustained injuries during the encounter and was rushed to the district hospital, but she could not be saved, officials said.
Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Brenti-Batpora early today after they received information about the presence of at least three terrorists including Basheer Lashkari, a top Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist, who is believed to be the behind the killing of Kashmiri police officer Feroz Ahmed Dar and five other cops.
The official said the search operation turned into an encounter after the terrorists, who he said were using civilians as human shields, opened fire on security forces. Clashes have erupted and there are reports of stone throwing in the area.
“Some terrorists are still holed up in the house. Efforts are ongoing to take out the civilians,” police said.