Militants flee forces cordon in Lolab after gunfight

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Srinagar, April 5 (GNS): Militants this evening managed to flee forces cordon in Dardpora area of Lolab in north Kashmir’s Kupwara after engaging government forces in a gunfight for several hours, official sources said here.
The sources said that following the gunfight which raged in forest area near Jindyal hamlet of village Dardpora in the frontier district the militants – who were believed to be two to three in number – exchanged gunfire intermittently with forces. However this evening they managed to break the military cordon and escaped.
Earlier, the army’s 28 RR cordoned off the forest area near Jindyal hamle after receiving information about the presence of some militants. The forces as such intensified the cordon-and-search operation and fired several warning shots towards the suspected spot which was returned by militants, triggering the encounter.
In the meanwhile, a live hand grenade was found near a Nallah in Kralpora area of Kupwara district, which was later defused by Bomb Disposal Squad.
A police officer told GNS that police party noticed the suspected device (hand grenade) in the area today morning. The BDS squad was immediately informed about the device following which a team was dispatched to the spot, he said.
“It was a live grenade. Bomb disposal squad was pressed into service and the grenade was defused on the spot, the officer said. However, the blast created the panic in the area. (GNS)