Militants give slip to army in Kulgam gun battle

Highly-placed sources said the terrorists gave a slip to troops at around 6 am from the house at Qoimoh in Kulgam even as the army personnel, assisted by police, were preparing to launch an offensive against them.

A gun battle had broken out on Friday night between LeT terrorists holed up in a house and security forces in Kulgam.

Sources said help by some local people in the area to the terrorists was the reason for their success in escaping, adding, some of the persons had been rounded up.

The security forces had surrounded the house acting on a tip-off about the presence of militants, sparking an intermittent exchange of fire between the two sides. Security forces had suspended the flush-out operation in the congested locality late on Friday night in order to avoid civilian casualties.

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