Government forces during a gunbattle in Kashmir
Government forces during a gunbattle in Kashmir (Photo Credit: Reshi Irshad)

SRINAGAR — After initial exchange of fire between government forces and militants at Pathanpora area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district, militants managed to give slip to the forces, leaving behind some ammunition including a grenade and a pistol.

Officials said that after acting on a lead about the presence of militants in Pathanpora village of Budgam district, government forces cordoned off the area early morning today. “A contact with the hiding militants was established. However, militants lobbed back to back grenades and managed to give a slip to the forces,” they said.

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A police official said that militants who were believed to be two in number left behind a shoe, five AK-47 magazines, a pistol, a grenade and a pouch.

Searches are on in the area to trace the militants who managed to flee, taking advantage of the darkness.

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