Army use choppers to trace hiding militants in Handwara forests

Baramulla: Army has pressed into service two choppers to trace heavily armed militants, who are hiding in Rajwar forests of Handwara after three of their colleagues and two soldiers were killed in overnight gun-battle.

Two choppers carrying army commandoes are hovering over the hills and dense forests of Rajwar in Handwara, where one to two militants are believed to be hiding after three of their colleagues were killed in an overnight gun-battle with a joint team of Special Operations Group (SOG) of police and army’s 21 RR, official sources told Kashmir Reader. Two soldiers identified as Rifle men Desh Panday and Chitra Sahai of 21 RR were also killed in the exchange of fire.

Sources said that all the slain militants were non-locals. They said combing operations was in progress in the woods, where additional reinforcements have been rushed.