Gunfight erupts between security forces, militants in North Kashmir's Kreeri

Srinagar, Oct 25: A gunfight began here on Thursday between holed up militants and the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla district, police said.Security forces surrounded Athoora village in Kreeri area following information about presence of militants in the area. "As the security forces closed in on the holed up militants, they fired at them triggering an encounter," a police officer said.The encounter began between militants and the joint team of forces at village Kreeri area of north Kashmir's Baramulla district on Thursday morning.Sources said that joint team of Army's 29 Rashtriya Rifles, SOG of Jammu and Kashmir Police and the CRPF launched a cordon and search operation (CASO) at Athoora area of Kreeri following input about the presence of militants in the area.As the forces intensified the searches, the militants opened fire on them leading to a gunfight, a top security official said.Mobile internet services have been snapped in Baramulla District. Schools and colleges will also remain closed for today after orders from local authorities.

By Aasif Suhaf