Hundreds of Indian soldiers and counter-insurgency forces surrounded Awneera, a village about 50 kilometres (32 miles) south of the main city of Srinagar, on Saturday evening following a tip-off about armed militants in the area.
In north Kashmir, suspected militants opened fire after police and army started a cordon and search operation at Wahab Parray Mohalla in Hajin area of Bandipora district.
Terrorits fired at the approaching security personnel, wounding five Army personnel, two of whom later died.
Operational commander of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, Yasin Itoo alias Mehmood Ghaznavi is believed to be among the holed up terrorists. In the encounter, three men, including an officer, were injured. A dozen stone-pelting protesters were injured in clashes with security forces in the area. Police also said that the Itoo and two others were involved in a number of anti-national and militancy-related activities.
“The injured soldiers have been shifted to hospital”. Additional security forces were rushed to the area and entire area was sealed to prevent militants to escape from the cordoned off area.
A civilian, Imtiyaz Ahmad Mir, who sustained injuries in a petrol bomb explosion succumbed to his injuries.
According to sources, the firing lasted for 10 minutes during the night after which a search Operation was launched.