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Encounter breaks out between militants, security forces in Kupwara

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

Security forces are engaged in a gun battle with militants in of today, the said, in a first counter-militancy operation since the Centre announced a conditional suspension of operations during Ramzan.

The encounter broke out in in Handwara area of Kupwara in north Kashmir,an said.

He said the gun battle was underway when reports last came in and further details were awaited.

The Centre had on May 16 announced that security forces will not launch any operations in J and K during the holy month of Ramzan, but they reserve the right to retaliate if attacked.

officials had said that the move was not a concession to the extremists, but an effort to create an environment free of terror and violence during the holy month and there will be no lowering of

They had said that the security forces, however, reserve the right to retaliate if attacked or if essential to protect the lives of innocent people.

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First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 20:55 IST