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Encounter breaks out at school in Srinagar, 2 jawans injured, gunbattle on

Srinagar: A gunbattle broke out at DPS Srinagar in the wee hours of Sunday as security forces launched an offensive to flush out the militants who took refuge inside the school after attacking CRPF personnel in Pantha chowk area last evening.

“The exchange of firing between security forces and militants began at around 3.40 am and is going on intermittently, ” a police official said.

Two Army personnel have been injured in the encounter.

The militants had entered into the premises of DPS Srinagar last evening after carrying out an attack on the CRPF personnel deployed on road opening duty near the school on Srinagar-Jammu national highway.

One CRPF officer was killed and a constable of the force injured in the attack that took place in high security zone located less than a kilometre away from headquarters of Army’s Chinar Corps.

The security forces immediately cordoned-off the area and launched search operations in the large school campus.

Sources said drone cameras and other hi-tech gadgets were used to trace the location of the militants but police officials refused to comment on operational details.

PTI