Search operation by security forces underway in villages of J&K's Pulwama

The areas have been cordoned off.

Search operation by security forces underway in villages of J&K's Pulwama

Srinagar: A day after three policemen were abducted and killed by terrorists, security forces on Saturday launched a search operation in the villages of Shopian and Pulwama districts in Jammu and Kashmir. The areas have been cordoned off.

The cordon and search operation (CASO) was launched in at least eight villages in Pulwama and Shopian districts in south Kashmir early this morning, a police official said.

He said a joint team of police, Army and paramilitary CRPF launched the CASO to flush out militants from the area.The official said the operation was going on when last reports came in.

Three cops were Friday abducted and later killed by militants in Shopian district.

Meanwhile, clashes broke out between groups of youth and security forces during the CASO at Shermal in Shopian, the official said.

He said youth pelted stones on the security forces carrying out searches in the area.

The forces fired tear gas shells to quell the protests, the official said, adding, clashes were going on.

(With inputs from PTI)

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