What is the meaning of run into in the following sentence

Officials have spoken of soldiers being outnumbered when normal patrols with the strength of a few dozen each on the Indian side have run into Chinese forces that number in hundreds.



Here is a definition of "run into":

Merriam-Webster "run"
"run into"
2a : to collide with
b : to meet by chance

A good alternative word for the given sentence would be "have encountered".

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