Handwara Encounter: Deceased militants were Pakistani nationals: Police

KL Report

SRINAGAR

Police have claimed that all the three militants killed in Handwara encounter were non locals and they belonged to the Lashkar-e-Toiba militant outfit.

One residential house was damaged in the 15 hour long encounter.1

Three militants were claimed to have been killed by 21 RR and SOG personnel in a joint operation which started on Monday afternoon and lasted till Tuesday morning in Rajpora area of Handwara in north Kashmir.

“Three LeT militants killed in the Handwara encounter have been identified as Abu Waqaas ,Qari Nomaan and Ubaid,” police spokesman told Kashmir Life adding “all the three were non-locals and were Pakistani nationals.”3

“Handwara Police, 21 RR and CRPF launched a search operation yesterday after receiving a specific information about the presence of militants at Shatipora, Rajpora, Handwara,” Police said.

 Police further said that the trio was instrumental in receiving fresh recruits from across the border and added two Army men were also injured in the encounter.

The spokesman further said that arms and ammunition was recovered from the encounter site which included 3 AK 47 rifles and 9 Magazines.

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