Forces Launch Search Operation In Awantipora, Riyaz Nikoo believed To Be Trapped

Government forces on Monday launched a cordon-and-search operation in Awantipora area of Pulwama district in south Kashmir.

Sources said that the operation was launched in the area around 6pm in Beighpora area of Awantipora.

The operation was launched following “specific inputs” about the presence of 2-3 militants, including Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander Riyaz Naikoo, they said.

Further details are awaited

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