Security forces came under automatic gunfire from militants hiding in Gusoo village of Pulwama district this evening when they were closing on the village where intelligence inputs said two to three militants were hiding.

"A gunfight has started in the area and all escape routes have been plugged with reinforcements to ensure the militants are prevented from escaping under the cover of darkness", said a security force official.

Burhan, a local militant who is allegedly involved in a number of civilian and security force killings, is reportedly among the surrounded militants.

Following social media hype, Burhan, who is believed to be educated and belongs to a middle class family, has become a sort of youth icon for separatist armed groups to lure local youth to pick up the gun.

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