Srinagar: Two militants were killed and a
security personnel was injured in a gunbattle between
militants and security forces in a village in Kupwara
district of north Kashmir today, official sources said.
The gunfight was initiated by militants when they opened
fire from automatic rifles on a joint search party of police
and army at village Sajipora-Handwara, 80 kms from here,
around 2 PM, the sources said.
The security forces returned the fire, triggering a
gunbattle in which two militants were killed and a security
jawan was injured, the sources said adding the operation was
going on till late evening.
They said the village was cordoned off by security forces
early in the day following information about presence of a
group of heavily-armed militants.
This is the second encounter in Handwara belt within four
days. Earlier, two Pakistani militants were killed by the
security forces at Shah Nagri forest on Saturday last.
Prior to the Shah Nagri encounter, security forces gunned
down six militants including five suspected foreign ultras in
the nearby Rafiabad belt, 65 kms from here in Baramulla
district on Friday. Two Army personnel were also killed in the
encounter which lasted over 24 hours.