Clashes erupt after people from nearby villages march towards encounter site

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A gunfight broke out between government forces and militants in Saimoh village of Tral in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Saturday morning.

Reports and witnesses said that the militants opened fire on the patrolling party late Friday night, triggering a brief encounter that lasted for less than a minute after the former fled from the spot

An official said that a cordon was laid around the village which continued throughout the night.

Today morning, the gunfight began again, which was going on when last reports came.

Sources said that two to three militants, including top commander Sabzar Ahmad Bhat alias Soab Don, are believed to be trapped inside the cordon.

Locals alleged that forces also set ablaze a residential house of Abdul Rashid Mir during the night.

Meanwhile, clashes erupted in the nearby village of Rathsuna after locals tried to break the cordon to reach the encounter site.

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