4 security personnel killed in encounter

While on one side, bowing down to international pressure and India’s firm stand against terrorism forced Pakistan to handed over Wing Commander Abhinandanan, after catching him on their soil, it continued indiscriminate firing crossing Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir border. On the otherhand, militants continue to chase in Kashmir valley.

Four security men were killed and five others injured in an ongoing gunfight on Friday in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara border district, defence sources said. The sources said earlier that two militants had been killed in the encounter after which searches were started in Kralgund village.

“During the search operation after the firing exchanges stopped, one of the two militants, presumed dead, stood up and started indiscriminate firing at security forces in which two CRPF personnel and two local policemen were killed. The operation is still on,” police said.

Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in north Kashmir’s Kralgund village in Handwara following information about the presence of militants there. They said the search operation turned into an encounter after militants opened fire at the security forces, who retaliated. Authorities have suspended mobile internet services in Handwara and Sopore. According official sources, there was lull in firing several times during the day but the militants would resume firing as soon as the security forces advanced towards the house where they were hiding.

Four people were also injured in clashes between a group of youngsters and security personnel near the encounter site. Authorities had also suspended mobile internet services in Handwara and Sopore. Yesterday, a Pakistani was among two Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists killed in a firefight with security forces in south Kashmir’s Shopian.

As many as 11 JeM terrorists have been killed in Kashmir since the Pakistan-based group claimed responsibility for the February 14 suicide bomb attack that killed 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel in Pulwama.

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