Three unidentified militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Handwara area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district today,an army spokesman said.
The militants were killed after troops of 21 Rashtriya Rifles assisted by police launched an anti-insurgency operation in the forest area near Zachaldara village in Handwara,100km from here,defence spokesman Lt Colonel J S Brar said.
He said as the security forces were closing in on the location of militants,the ultras opened fire. The security forces retaliated and killed three militants in the ensuing gun battle,he said.
The identity and group affiliation of the slain militants could not be ascertained immediately as a search operation was still in progress,the spokesman said.
This is the second major encounter in Handwara area of Kupwara during the last eight days. On March 28,security forces killed five Lashkar-e-Toiba militants in the same area.