3 militants, 2 soldiers killed in Handwara gun-battle

Baramulla: Three militants and two soldiers have reportedly been killed in an ongoing gunfight in Rajwar forests of the neighboring Kupwara district.

Special Operations Group (SOG) of police and army’s 21 RR laid a siege around Laribal area of the dense Rajwar forest range in Handwara on Thursday night following specific inputs suggesting the presence of a heavily armed group of militants, official sources told Kashmir Reader today. When the joint team zeroed in, the militants, believed to be 4-5 in numbers opened heavy gunfire upon them to break the cordon.

“SOG and army men returned the fire triggering off a gun-battle. In the ensuing encounter that continued intermittently throughout the night, 3 militants and two soldiers of 21 RR were killed,” sources said.

Sources said that the encounter was still going on in the forests, where additional reinforcements have been rushed.

Army spokesman Lt Col Manish confirmed the death of two soldiers and equal numbers of militants in the ongoing gunfight.