J&K: One terrorist killed in encounter with security forces in Pulwama, gun battle underway

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At least one terrorist was killed during an encounter with security forces in Kakapora area of Pulwama district in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday after they launched an operation to track down hiding terrorists. 

The operation is still underway. The police, in the meantime, have cordoned off the area. Security forces this evening launched an anti-militancy operation after receiving a tip off about their presence at Begumbagh village in Kakapora area, 25 km from here, a police official said. He said hiding terrorist opened fire on noticing the security forces who retaliated, triggering a gun battle. 

The encounter was going on when last reports were received, the official said, adding further details are awaited. Earlier in the day, Pakistani army targeted Indian posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district this morning with mortars and small arms fire. A defence spokesman said: “Pakistan army resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation in the Nowshera sector from 1030 hours using 120 mm mortars and small arms fire. Our army is giving a befitting response to the Pakistani fire.”

He added that there has been no loss of life, injury or damage to property reported so far even as the exchange of firing continued. On Thursday, Pakistani army had targeted Indian posts and civilian villages along LoC in the Pallanwala sector of the Jammu district. More details awaited.