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Two LeT militants killed in ongoing encounter at Kupwara district

The encounter between militants and security forces is underway at Beigh Mohalla wuder, Handwara. Army has confirmed two deaths so far.

india Updated: Mar 18, 2016 12:59 IST
Toufiq Rashid
Toufiq Rashid
Hindustan Times
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Two militants were killed by security forces in an encounter that broke out on Friday morning in Handwara town of Kupwara district, Jammu and Kashmir. The encounter is currently underway as more militants are believed to be hiding in the area.

According to sources, the encounter began after security forces got inputs about presence of militants in the Beigh Mohalla wuder area in Handwara.

“Security forces surrounded a house in Beigh Mohalla (Rajward Bala) area in Kupwara district today (Friday) morning,” a senior police officer told IANS.

When the security forces came under heavy gunfire as they approached the house where militants were reportedly hiding. “The militant firing was retaliated by the security forces, triggering an encounter in which two militants have been killed so far. Firing exchanges are still going on in the area.”

Forces are combing the area to flush out remaining militants.

More details are awaited.

(With inputs from IANS)

First Published: Mar 18, 2016 10:14 IST