Handwara Encounter: Army says, “3 Militants Killed, Operation Still On’

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KL NETWORK

SRINAGAR

Following killing of three militants and injuries one army personnel in North Kashmir’s Handwara area, Srinagar based defence spokesperson issued the following statement about the gruella-army gunfight.

“Based on specific intelligence reports about presence of militants in Village Krumhura near Rainwari Forest of Handwara, a joint operation was launched by Rashtriya Rifles units of Army and JKP, resulting in killing of three terrorists and recovery of three AK-47 rifles, besides a large haul of other warlike stores,” the statement said.

“Intelligence inputs about presence of some militants in the general area of Village Krumhura were received by the Army in the early hours of 22 August 2015. The operation was launched immediately and an effective cordon was established by day break by the Rashtriya Rifle units and JKP blocking all possible escape routes.

As the noose was tightened during the day, the terrorists hiding in the area opened heavy volume of fire at approximately 2030 hrs on 22 August 2015. In the ensuing fire fight and precise engagement, three terrorists were eliminated. One Army officer who was injured during the operation was immediately evacuated for treatment and his condition is stable,” the statement further read. “The bodies of three militants were recovered from the site and handed over to the Police. Three AK-47 rifles, 14 Magazines and large quantity of AK-47 ammunition, six UBGLs Grenades, four Chinese Grenades, two Maps, three Radio Sets, two Rucksacks and other war like stores have been recovered from the slain militants whose identity is yet to be established. The search operation was still on till last reports came in.”

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