Encounter between security forces and terrorists hiding in Srinagar's DPS underway

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Terrorists opened fire upon a team of the 29th Battalion of the CRPF near Panth Chowk bypass in Srinagar around 5:50 pm, officials said, adding that the CRPF men fired back at the terrorists.

Two Army personnel were injured in the gunbattle this morning, the official said. "His condition is stable", IG, CRPF, Ravinder Singh Saha said. LeT claimed responsibility of the attack. The vehicle was attacked in Pantha Chowk area on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway, The Times of India reported.

However, the identity of the two slain terrorists is still to be officially declared, further said the official. According to security personnel, bodies of two terrorists were found after forces conducted door to door searches. The final assault was launched by the 2 Para of Indian Army, who entered room by room to kill the hiding terrorists.

Restrictions under Section 144 have been imposed in the area, Srinagar's Deputy Commissioner Farooq Ahmad said.

The road opening party of the CRPF was attacked in high security zone located less than a kilometre away from the headquarter of the Srinagar-based Army Corps.

"The exchange of fire between security forces and militants began at around 3.40 am and is going on intermittently", he said. After a night-long siege, sounds of firing and shelling were heard in the army offensive to flush out the militants. "The operation is likely to drag on", the officer said. Reports suggest that there are at least two to three terrorists holed up inside the building.

On June 15, militants attacked a police check-point at Hyderpora in Srinagar, killing one policeman and injuring another.

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