Security forces on Thursday killed three militants in an encounter in north Kashmir’s Handwara, second major gunbattle in the same areas in the last 10 days.
The encounter occurred in dense forests of Kramhoora. The security personnel came into contact with the hiding militants during a search operation in the area. The operation was a joint effort of the Handwara police and the Army.
“Based on specific information about the presence of terrorists in the area of Khurmur forests, Handwara, in the frontier Kupwara district of North Kashmir, a joint operation was launched by the Army’s 21 Rashtriya Rifles and the Jammu and Kashmir Police in the early morning today,” said Srinagar-based defence spokesman Lt Col JS Brar.
The militants hiding in the forests resorted to heavy fire, which was retaliated ensuing in an encounter. “The militants were asked to surrender, however, they opened fire resulting in an intense fire fight. In the ensuing encounter, three terrorists were killed,” said Brar.
Handwara, which is 65 km away from Srinagar, witnessed a fierce encounter on March 28 in which five Lashkar-e-Tayyeba militants were killed.
The operation was on till last reports came in and the security agencies were trying to establish the identity of the killed militants.