Earlier in the day, three local Lashkar-e-Taiba militants were gunned down by security forces in the wee hours.
Troops of Rashtriya Rifles noticed some suspicious movement in Kehmal forest area of Handwara on Sunday and challenged the heavily armed militants, according to a police official.
Soon after the encounter, a mob started pelting stones at the security forces, leading to a clash in which a 75-year-old civilian was killed due to a bullet injury.
Joshi said that the slain militants were infiltrators who had sneaked into the Valley through Nowgam sector. “Our troops are still engaged in encounter,” he added.
Officials said the gunfight took place following inputs that a group of militants were hiding in a house
Security personnel have launched search operations in the neighbouring areas.
Two policemen are missing after the encounter broke out between the two sides on Monday night.
Villagers took to streets and burnt bunkers demanding the bodies.
Two army jawans were injured,three AK 47 rifles and nine magazines were recovered from scene.
Security personnel retaliated triggering a gunbattle,no casualty reported so far.
Security forces today gunned down the Kashmir chief of militant outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad in an operation in Kupwara district.
Authorities say the killing of the commander is a big jolt to the terror outfit.
The intelligence agencies of Army and Police are seriously examining the maps and communication equipment recovered from the slain militants.
A top Lashkar-e-Toiba militant was killed in an encounter with security forces in Kupwara district,a defence spokesman said on Thursday.
At the end of the five-day Kupwara encounter that killed eight Army personnel and 17 Lashkar operatives,all evidence points to extremely sophisticated planning and logistics behind the biggest infiltration…..