Srinagar, Jun 08: Militants attacked government forces in a north Kashmir village in Kupwara on Friday hours before Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh visited the border district.
Reports said that the Army’s 30 RR cordoned off Dobimohalla Haril on Friday wee hours after receiving information about the presence of militants and as the forces reached the suspected spot, the hiding militants fired on them resulting in a gunfight.
The exchange of fire continued for some time after which the firing stopped.
Reportedly the militants have escaped from the spot, however, the search operation was going on when the last reports came in.
The attack took place some 20 km from Kupwara town where the Home Minister, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and MoS (PMO) Jitendra Singh met people from the border district amid elaborate security arrangements.
Kupwara is listed among the 115 inspirational districts where the central government has vowed to lay “special emphasis” on the overall development to fight poverty and backwardness.
Rajnath Singh, who began his two-day trip to Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, fled to Jammu Friday afternoon which he visited R S Pura sector and some other places near the International Border, where hundreds of people had migrated to safer places after Pakistani shelling of civilian areas.
He flew back to Delhi in the evening.