Army officer, unidentified militant killed in encounter in North Kashmir
SRINAGAR: A Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) of Army
and an unidentified militant were on Tuesday killed in an encounter in Handwara
area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, army said.
The encounter broke out early this morning when
militants, believed to be three in number, fired upon a joint search party of
army and police in Wadarbala forests near village Petta in Handwara, an army
He said security forces had launched a search operation
during the night after it received specific information about the presence of
militants in the forests. Contact with the militants was established at 0645
hours, the spokesman said, adding that the militants opened fire on the search
party, inviting retaliation by them.
In the ensuing gunfire, a militant was killed, he
said, adding his identity is yet to be ascertained. The spokesman said a JCO
was injured during the exchange of fire and was rushed to hospital where he
succumbed to injuries. Search operation was going on till late evening, he