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Gunfight on in Kashmir’s Sopore town



Srinagar, June 22 (IANS) A gunfight was on Sunday evening between guerrillas of the Lashkar-e-Taiba and security forces in Sopore town of Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district, police said.

"Following specific intelligence inputs about the presence of a group of militants in Krankshavan colony of Sopore, security forces comprising local police, Rashtriya Rifles and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers surrounded the area in the evening but came under fire," a senior police officer told IANS here.

This triggered the gunfight which will was still on at 9 p.m., he said.

"The security forces are carrying out the operations against the militants with extreme caution to ensure that civilian life and property is not damaged in the area," he added.

According to the police official, two to three guerrillas of the banned Pakistan-based outfit are believed to be hiding in the cordoned area.

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