Encounter Between Security Forces And Terrorists In J&K’s Shopian

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The Shopian encounter comes a day after Indian fighter jets crossed the Line of Control and carried out “non-military, pre-emptive air strikes” on a Jaish terror camp in Balakot.

NEW DELHI: An encounter broke out early morning between terrorists and security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian, a day after Indian fighter jets struck a training camp of terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed across the Line of Control.

Three terrorists are involved in the ongoing encounter that began at 4:20 am.

They said the search operation turned into an encounter after terrorists opened fire towards the security forces, who retaliated.

There are no reports of any casualties in the operation, the officials said.

The exchange of fire comes a day after India bombed and destroyed Jaish-e-Mohammed’s (JeM) biggest training camp in Balakot, about 80 km from the Line of Control (LoC), killing a “very large number” of terrorists, trainers and senior commanders of Jaish. Over 300 terrorists including Jaish chief Masood Azhar’s brother-in-law were killed, sources said.

The Jaish-e-Mohammed had killed 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) soldiers in Pulwama on February 14, in the deadliest attack on security forces in Kashmir.

Tension between India and Pakistan heightened following the Balakot strikes.Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan chaired an emergency meeting yesterday, after which Islamabad said in a statement: “India has committed uncalled for aggression to which Pakistan shall respond at the time and place of its choosing.”

Heavy shelling was reported at several areas in Jammu and Kashmir along the Line of Control. Five soldiers in the Akhnoor sector in firing by Pakistani forces. Schools in the border town of Rajouri are closed today after the tension along the Line of Control.

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