Srinagar: Security forces achieved a major success against the militants on Thursday. Forces gunned down four militants in a gun battle in northern Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday; one soldier was also martyred in the encounter.
The fresh encounter began in the Vilgam area of Handwara around 8:30pm on Wednesday. The encounter site, which is near a forest, has been cordoned off.
The operation was conducted by the Rashtriya Rifles, para forces and a special operations group of police. According to police sources, the encounter is over but a search operation is on.
Police are trying to verify whether the militants were part of some newly infiltrated group or an old group that was operating in the area for a long time.
On Wednesday morning, a jawan was killed when militants fired at security forces. A militant — identified as Riyaz Ahmad of Brath Kalan in Sopore — was also killed when the army razed the house where the militants were holed up.
According to officials, Ahmad was a local commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen. Ahmad is believed to be involved in the recent attacks on telecom operators in Sopore.