SRINAGAR: Two policemen and a civilian got injured on Thursday as security forces engaged in encounters with terrorists at three places in Jammu and Kashmir, authorities told IANS.
The first encounter started in Sopore and two encounters were reported later from Bandipora and Baramulla.
A cordon and search operation was launched by security forces in Hajin area of Bandipora district following intelligence inputs that some terrorists were hiding in the area. The encounter started after the terrorists who were in hiding in Mir Mohalla opened fire at the security forces.
"Security forces are carrying out the operation with caution as two civilians are reportedly inside the house from where the militants are firing at the security forces," a police officer said.
It is to be noted that Hajin was once regarded as a zone "liberated" from terrorists.
Another encounter started in Baramulla's Kandi area after security forces resumed a search operation on Thursday morning. The search operation was called on Wednesday evening due to darkness.
"As the search operation was resumed, militants fired at the security forces, triggering an encounter in Kandi," the officer said.
Meanwhile, a Station House Officer (SHO) and his security guard got injured on Thursday when a grenade was hurled by terrorists at security forces in Warpora area of Sopore.
"Both the policemen have been shifted to Srinagar for specialized treatment. The operation against the militants is going on," a police officer said.
A civilian also got injured in the encounter at Sopore town. He was admitted to hospital and is reported to be in stable condition. Mobile Internet service has been suspended in Sopore town by authorities as a precautionary measure.
(with IANS inputs)