A fierce gun battle is raging on in the Zorhama forest area in Kupwara between security forces and terrorists hiding inside the forest. According to initial reports, 3 army personals have been critically injured during the ongoing op while one soldier has reportedly been martyred.
The initial contact was made at approximately 4.00- 4.30 pm today in North Kashmir's Kupwara area and since then the joint team of Para SF and CRPF have launched the ops based on concrete intelligence.
The operation comes on the heels of another successful operation carried out by security forces in the Handwara area in the early morning hours. While 3 terrorists were killed during the Handwara encounter, the number of casualties on the terrorist side have not yet been ascertained by the security officials yet.
The forces are conducting a search op at present with a cordon around the forest. According to sources on the ground, there could be 3 to 4 terrorists holed up inside the forest which is dense and therefore the op is taking time to conclude, giving the terrorist scope to hide and fire.