Baramulla: The police claimed on Sunday that a militant was killed in a gunfight with government forces in Wadora Bala area of Handwara.
North Kashmir deputy inspector general of police Gareeb Das said the gunfight started on Saturday after army, police and paramilitary troopers, acting on inputs about the presence of militants, laid siege around Wadora Bala village in Handwara.
In the ensuing gunfight, the forces killed a militant whose body was found on Sunday morning, he added. Although he is yet to be identified, Das said, the militant belongs to Lashkar-e-Toiba outfit. An army spokesman said the forces were searching for other militants who might be present in the area.
Since the area is remote and civilians have no access to such areas during gunfights, no independent confirmation of the incident could be made. Therefore army and police are the only sources of information about what happened.
According to Das, 40 militants have been killed in the past 10 months, and about 25 are operating currently, in three districts of north Kashmir. He told reporters that before snowfall closes the borders, militants will try to sneak into Kashmir from Pakistan administered Kashmir but “security forces are vigilant and will not let them succeed”.