Militants turned down the offer to surrender, Kashmir police said on Sunday after the gunfight between them and a joint team of police and army broke out near Dugran along the Mughal road in Poonch district Sunday.
“An offer to surrender was given to [militants] who includes a local and two foreigners but they opened fire on cordon team that led to an exchange of fire,” an unnamed police officer told a local news agency, Global News Service (GNS).
Unnamed official sources told GNS that police and army’s 16 Rashtriya Rifles had launched a joint a cordon-and-search-operation soon after the family of a 46-year-old man, Talib Hussein, son of Ghulam Hussein, a resident of Chie in Dogrian Buffliaz, had filed a missing report.
Hussein, as per official sources, has been missing since 9 December. As per the agency, the family had told police that Hussein went to get Bajree from a nearby river but has not returned back.
An unnamed senior police officer told the agency that contact was established with militants in the Dugran-Poshana area and when this report was filed, the gunfight was going on. Earlier, Director General of Police Dilbag Singh had told GNS that three militants were trapped in the gunfight site. (GNS)