Two militants killed in Handwara encounter

Handwara: Government forces on Friday killed two unidentified militants in Handwara area of north Kashmir.
Official sources said that personnel of 21 Rashtriya Rifles and Special Operations Group of Jammu and Kashmir police cordoned off Wudar Bala village along the forests in Rajwar area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, around 10 kilometers from the main town Handwara.
As the forces cordoned off the area and reached near the area where they suspected the militants to be, at around 1 am, two militants tried to break the cordon and fired at the forces, triggering an encounter in which the two were killed. The cordon and search operation continued in a vast forest area on Friday as the government forces suspected the presence of more militants in the area.
Locals of Wadora village said they heard heavy firing on Thursday night near the local mosque for an hour, which created panic. On Friday morning, the government forces handed over two dead bodies with army fatigues on, “they told us that they killed two militants in a gunfight”, the locals said.
The slain militants were buried in a local graveyard.
Locals said that a group of militants had descended from nearby forests after incessant rains lashed the area and sent temperatures plummeting. The militants went towards the local mosque and during this time the government forces received a tip-off and cordoned the area.
Superintendent of Police (SP) Handwara Gulam Jeelani Wani while talking to reporters said that army and police cordoned Wadora Bala village in Handwara on Thursday night after receiving information on presence of some militants in the area. He said the militants attempted to escape and opened fire on the search parties, but in retaliatory fire both the militants were killed.
He said a large quantity of arms, ammunition and other material recovered from the possession of the slain militants indicated that they belonged to Lashkar-e-Toiba. Wani said the operation would continue in the area to track down other militants.