At least four security personnel were killed in an encounter with militants in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir today. Two police personnel, two CRPF personnel succumbed after sustaining critical injuries. A civilian was also killed in clashes between a group of youngsters and security personnel near the encounter site.
The two police personnel have been identified as SgCt Naseer Ahmad Kholi and SgCt Ghulam Mustafa Barah and the two CRPF personnel have been identified as Inspector Pintu and Ct Vinod. The civilian, who died at the hospital, has been identified as Waseem Ahmad Mir, according to an official statement.
After receiving a tip-off about the presence of militants, security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Baba Gund area of Kupwara. A joint operation was launched by the police and security forces. During the searches, the militants opened fire on the security team, who retaliated, the statement read further.
Citizens have been requested to not venture inside the encounter zone till the time the area is cleared of stray explosive materials.
The operation is in progress and further details are awaited.