Two unidentified civilians were injured on Thursday when encounter broke out between terrorists and security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district, police said.

One of the civilians was in a critical condition when last reports came in. The gunfight raged in Meej area of Pampore in Awantipora on Thursday evening.

A joint team of Jammu and Kashmir Police, Indian Army’s 50 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) launched a cordon and search operation. The security forces launched the operation following information about the presence of two terrorists in the area, a police official said.

As the joint team approached towards the suspected spot, the hiding terrorists fired indiscriminately triggering off a gunfight. The security forces retaliated, the official said, adding the search operation was going on.

The terrorists were hiding inside a house in a residential area. The Army has illuminated the entire house through searchlights. According to sources, both the terrorists joined the terrorist organization some time ago.

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