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Militant encounter on in Handwara

An encounter between militants and security forces started in a remote Handwara village on Monday morning in North Kashmir.
Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent, Srinagar
UPDATED ON MAR 10, 2014 06:15 PM IST

An encounter between militants and security forces started in a remote Handwara village on Monday morning in North Kashmir.

Militants and security forces were firing at each other at Malik Pora Ramhaal village in the area, according to reports.

A police spokesman said that the operation is being jointly conducted by the army's 6 Rashtriya Rifles and the police.

According to sources, the operation was conducted following a tip-off about the presence of militants in the house of Habibullah Sheikh. When the police team approached the house, it was fired upon by the militants, triggering a gunbattle. A top Lashkar-e-Toiba commander was believed to be trapped.

"An encounter is going on at Vilgam in Handwara between a joint operational party of the police, army and the militants.

A cordon and search operation was launched at Malikpora, which turned into an encounter when the militants fired upon the joint police and army team.

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