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56-hour-long Kupwara encounter ends; 5 security personnel, 2 terrorists killed

The gunfight raging since Friday has also left a civilian dead, police said. The search operation is, meanwhile, underway.

56-hour-long Kupwara encounter ends; 5 security personnel, 2 terrorists killed
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Srinagar: The gunfight between terrorists and security forces, which continued for almost 56 hours in Handwara of Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district, ended on Sunday. Two terrorists have been gunned down in the encounter even as it claimed the lives of three CRPF men and two Jammu and Kashmir Police personnel.

The gunfight raging since Friday has also left a civilian dead, police said.

The CRPF troopers and policemen were killed in the gunfight on Friday after a terrorist who was presumed to be dead suddenly rose from the debris of a house and fired indiscriminately at the security forces.

Media reports suggest, two houses and two cowsheds were destroyed by the security forces as the hiding terrorists kept on changing positions at the site of the gunfight.

(With inputs from ANI and IANS)