Kashmir: Indian security forces try to flush out militants from Kupwara

The operation started at around 11:30 in the morning (GMT 0600 hours). Photograph:( Reuters )

Jammu and Kashmir Oct 30, 2016, 09.46 AM (IST)

An encounter was underway in India's northern state of Kashmir on Sunday (October 30) as security forces tried to flush out militants hiding in Drugmulla sector of Kupwara district.

The operation started around 11:30 in the morning (GMT 0600 hours). 

Two militants are believed to be holed up in the area, according to Indian media reports.

Indian army and the police have a launched a joint operation to weed out the militants, NDTV reported.

The attack comes amid escalating tension between India and Pakistan.

There has been a spate in attacks in Kashmir since September 29, when India said it had conducted surgical strikes against suspected militants attempting to infiltrate from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

At least seven security personnel have been killed in cross-border firing with Pakistani troops in the last few weeks. 

Bilateral relations deteriorated further when the mutilated body of a soldier was found in Machil sector on Friday (October 28). Militants allegedly attacked the soldier under the cover of firing provided by the Pakistani Army, and escaped into Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

(WION with added inputs from Reuters)