An encounter broke out between militants and security forces in Bandipora district of north Kashmir Thursday morning.

Acting on specific intelligence inputs about the presence of militants in Aragam village of Bandipora, security forces cordoned off the area and launched a search operation.Firing was going on at the encounter site when last reports came in,  more details about the operation are awaited.

According to one official, one of the terrorists has been gunned down and an operation is still underway. It has been  reported that the encounter is ensuring in Aragam village of the district. According to an army officer the encounter had “erupted after forces cordoned off a house located in the forests” in Aragam village. The officer also mentioned that terrorists were holed up inside the house and that there was firing going on from both sides.

This attack comes just days after the Uri attacks which claimed the lives of 18 soldiers, leaving several others injured. In the Uri attacks, explosions and gunfire erupted as the militants attacked the camp, which is located barely few meters away from the Army’s Brigade Headquarters in Uri town, 102 kms from Srinagar.

The Army confirmed that the Uri attacks were carried out by terrorists belonging to the Jaish-e-Mohammad militant outfit based in Pakistan.According to one report, the army’s combat death toll in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) is 64 this year (until 18 September), the highest since 2010, when 69 soldiers died.

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