Personnel of the Army’s Rashtriya Rifles, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Special Operations Group of the state police surrounded Larnoo village following a tip about the presence of militants.
“As the security forces closed in on the hiding militants, they were fired at triggering the encounter,” a police officer said.
“The victims were identified as Muhammad Furhan and Muhammad Farham, both local militants. The gunfight is still going on,” the officer added around 11.30 a.m.
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