3 militants, soldier killed in Handwara, Kupwara gunfights

3 militants, soldier killed in Handwara, Kupwara gunfights

Srinagar, Nov 21: Three Lashkar-e-Toiba militants and two soldiers were killed in two encounters in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district area Tuesday even as the operation against militants in one of the operations is ongoing.
A senior police officer said that a joint team of army, SOG and CRPF launched a cordon-and-search operation at Khar Mohalla in Magam Tuesday morning.
As such the joint team of forces intensified the search operation the militants hiding in the area opened fire triggering off an encounter.
Three militants have been killed during the gunfight and the bodies of the slain were recovered along with the as many AK rifles, he said.
Meanwhile DGP SP Vaid hailed the forces for the successful operation in Handwara.
“Three LeT militants all Pakistanis neutralised in Magam area of Handwara district in north Kashmir. Excellent work!”, DGP tweeted.
Meanwhile, A para commando was killed and two army soldiers were injured in an ongoing gunfight at Zurhama forests of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Tuesday.
A top police officer said that a joint team of Army’s 23 Para commandos,21 RAJ RIF, 160 TA, SOG and CRPF cordoned off Gujarpati forest area in Zurhama following specific inputs about the presence of two to three militants in the area.
As the joint team intensified the searches, the hiding militants opened fire, triggering an encounter. In the ensuing encounter, an army soldier Havaldar Jitender Singh of 21 Raj Rif was killed and two soldiers were injured who were rushed to nearby Drugmulla Military Hospital for treatment.
“The militant group of Lashkar-e-Toiba headed by Saifullah were moving towards LoC to receive a group of infiltrators as per our sources,” the officer said.
Army’s Srinagar based defence spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia while confirming the killing of soldier and injury to two others said that the operation in the area is going on.
Sources said that additional reinforcement has been rushed to the area and the operation has been suspended as darkness set in.
Meanwhile, the slain Hizb-ul-Mujahideen militant, Adil Chopan, of Larow, Tral, who was killed in an encounter in Seer forests on Monday evening, was buried Tuesday noon, and his funeral was attended by large number of people.
A spontaneous shutdown was observed in Tral town over killing of Adil, 17, Tuesday, while internet service has been snapped in the area. (KNS)