2 more militants killed in Handwara encounter: Army

Srinagar: Two more militants were Wednesday killed in an ongoing encounter in Handwara area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, officials said.
A Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) of Army and an unidentified militant were killed Tuesday in the encounter that broke out when militants fired upon a joint search party of army and police in Waderbala forests near village Petta.
“Two more militants have been killed in the encounter which began on Tuesday morning,” the police said.
The army had launched a search operation on Monday night after receiving specific information about the presence of militants in the forests. The militants opened fire on the search party at 0645 hours on Tuesday, drawing retaliation, police said.
In the ensuing gunfire, a militant was killed and an army JCO was injured. The JCO was evacuated from the site but later succumbed to his injuries.
Search operation was going on till last reports came in.