Handwara Gunfight: Woman killed during operation

Srinagar: A woman has been killed during a gunfight that broke out between Goverment forces and militants at Younsu area on Sopore-Kupwara highway last night.

A senior Police official told GNS that a joint team of forces cordoned off the Younsu area of Handwara following specific information about the hiding of some militants inside a house at around 12:30am.

The forces, as such, intensified cordon and search operation and fired several warning shots towards the suspected spot, the officer said, adding that militants opened fire, triggering of an encounter.

” Five members of the family got trapped inside the house”, he said, adding one member believed to be daughter in law of the house owner tried to escape during which she sustained serious bullet wounds and subsequently died due to grave injuries.

The officer, however, said that the woman died in cross fire during the operation.

Earlier, the officer said that three militants have been killed in the gunfight and the bodies along with as many rifles were recovered and there identity are being ascertained.

DGP S P VAID confirmed the killing of three foreign militants in a tweet.

” In Unsoo Handwara all the three Pakistani militants have been neutralized by the joint team of forces”, DGP tweeted.

Meanwhile authorities have snapped internet services in Sopore, Baramulla, Handwara and Kupwara in wake of killing of woman and militants.

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