Search operations called off in Handwara after militants flee

Baramulla: The Special Operations Group (SOG) of police and army Thursday called off search operations in Handwara area of the frontier Kupwara district where two Lashkar-e-Toiba (Let) militants have reportedly escaped after their commander was killed in a gunfight on Wednesday.
Official sources told Kashmir Reader Thursday that the contingents of SOG personnel and, army’s 21 RR this morning called off the search operation in Hamlapati village of Handwara, where two LeT militants were on run after their commander Abu Musa was killed in a fire fight on Wednesday afternoon. The joint team, sources said, conducted intense searches in the area to nab the two LeT militants, who had earlier engaged forced in a fierce gun-battle.
“Among the two militants, one had received injuries in the encounter. However, despite being wounded, he managed to escape from the cordon along with his associate,” sources said.
Meanwhile, army’s 22 RR, SOG and CRPF laid a cordon around Model Town locality of Sopore in the wee hours Thursday after receiving information about the presence of a top LeT militant in the area, reports said. The forces launched a search operation in the area that continued for several hours. However, none was arrested.
“Dozens of residential houses were searched by the forces in the early hours Thursday. However, they lifted the cordon and left the area after failing to find anything,” reports added.