New Delhi: Just three days before Kashmir’s Pulwama and Shopian district go to polls in the fifth phase of the ongoing Lok Sabha election, a fierce gun battle broke out between militants and security forces in the Shopian district, in the wee hours of Friday.

At the same time, to keep a check on the spread of rumours and curtail episodes of stone pelting and civilian violence, Internet has also been suspended in the valley.

However, in what could spell victory for the security forces, the Jammu and Kashmir police are trying to ascertain the likely death of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Lateef Tiger, in the encounter.

During a cordon and search operation in Shopian, an encounter broke out early Friday morning between militants and the Indian Army’s Rashtriya Rifles, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the special operations group of the state police.

“An encounter started at Arkhara, Imam Sahib, Shopian. Firing started whereby three militants were holed up in a three-storey building. Troops have neutralised (killed) one militant. The firing is ongoing," the CRPF said.

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