Budgam gunfight: Militants escaped, ammunition recovered

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Srinagar: After the initial exchange of gunfire between the government forces and militants in Pathanpora area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district, militants escaped leaving behind some ammunition including grenade and a pistol.

Unnamed officials told a local news agency, Kashmir News Observer (KNO), that they acted on a lead about the presence of militants in Pathanpora village of Budgam district and subsequently 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.

A police official also told KNO that militants, believed to be two, left behind a shoe, three AK-47 magazines, a pistol, a grenade, and a pouch.

Searches are on in the area to trace the militants. (KNO)

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