Militant killed in Handwara encounter

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Srinagar, Jul 26: A militant was killed in an encounter with security forces at Handwara in the frontier Kashmir district of Kupwara on Thursday.
With this incident, three militants and a soldier have been killed in Kupwara district during the past three weeks in separate encounters.
Official sources said following specific information about presence of militants, a joint Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) was launched by the Special Operations Group (SOG) of state police, Army and CRPF in village Sudal in Handwara.
However, when security forces were moving towards a particular area, militants hiding there, fired at them with automatic weapons.
The security force personnel also retaliated, ensuing in an encounter, they said, adding the operation was still going on when the reports last came in. Additional security forces have been rushed and the area has been cordoned to foil any attempts by militants to escape.