Srinagar: In the first major encounter in
Kashmir this year, Security forces on Wednesday shot dead five
Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants in Handwara area of Kupwara
"Five militants have been killed in an encounter in
Handwara area," a defence spokesman said. He said the
militants were foreigners.
The militants were asked to surrender after being
confronted by the search party but they refused and opened
fire, the spokesman said.
A police spokesman said security forces lauched an
anti-militancy operation in Laribal-Peer Mohalla near Rajwar
forests, 100 kms from here, following information about
presence of militants in the area.
This is the first major gunbattle between security forces
and militants in Kashmir Valley this year.