Two foreign militants were killed in a brief encounter with security forces in north Kashmir’s Handwara on Sunday, police said. The firefight took place around 4 pm.
Officials said that a joint party of police and army’s 21 Rashtriya Rifles launched a search operation after inputs about presence of militants in Waripora village of Handwara, some 75 km from Srinagar.
Police control room Handwara said that the militants who were cornered in an orchard, just meters away from the populated area in Waripora, opened fire on the security forces who then retaliated.
“Two militants were killed in the operation,” said Ghulam Jeelani, superintendent of police, Handwara.
Jeelani said that they were lucky to trap the militants 100 meters away from the village which prevented any chances of untoward incidents among the villagers. “Both the militants are foreigners. We are trying to ascertain their identity. Since Lashkar-e-Taiba is active in the region, we suspect the militants are from the same outfit,” he said.
An army spokesman said that two weapons were also recovered from the spot.
Earlier during the day, a civilian who was wounded during a militant attack on a police party on May 6 in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district succumbed to his injuries. The death toll in that incident has now risen to six.
A police spokesman said that Mohammad Hussain Dar, a resident of Takia Malpora in Kulgam district, died at the Sher-i- Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences in Srinagar where he was admitted since the attack.
“The body of the deceased has been sent to his native village,” the spokesman said.
Dar was injured after militants attacked a police party on its way to clear traffic after a road accident at Mir Bazar area in Anantnag district on the national highway. The exchange of fire left a policeman, three other civilians and a militant dead.