Security officials in Jammu and Kashmir say that an encounter between the Indian security personnel and militants had left at least four security officials including one CRPF officer killed.
Quoting local sources, NDTV reported that among those killed included an Inspector of the CRPF, a jawan and two policemen of the J&K Police. This was after firing resumed during an anti-terrorism operation in Kralgund village of Langate area of the district.
Three CRPF jawans are believed to have been injured as the encounter continued. Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Babagund area of Kupwara following information about presence of militants there, news agency PTI reported quoting officials. It was during the search operation when militants opened fire at the security officials.
Earlier, news agency ANI had reported that there was a ceasefire violation by Pakistan along the Line of Control in Mendhar, Balakote & Krishna Ghati sectors at 1800 hours on Friday.
Earlier in the morning on Friday, the Indian security officials had said that two militants were killed in the ongoing encounter.
The latest violence in the valley comes on a day when Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was being released by Pakistan. The Indian Air Force pilot was captured by Pakistan in during the escalation at the LoC in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack on 14 February.
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