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Jammu & Kashmir: Encounter in Handwara, one militant killed; one soldier injured

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 4 July 2016, 19:58 IST

An unidentified militant has been killed in an ongoing gun battle at Waderballa forest area in Handwara of north Kashmir's Kupwara district on 4 July.

According to PTI, a soldier has suffered minor injuries and was immediately taken to a hospital.

A senior police officer told a Srinagar-based news agency that the army's 21 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) had cordoned off the Waderballa forest area near Rajwar, a village located in Handwara Tehsil of Kupwara district in Jammu & Kashmir, following specific information that militants were hiding in the area.

The forces fired several warning shots towards the suspected spot, after intensifying the cordon-and-search operation, the officer said, adding that the militants opened fire, triggering off an encounter.

So far, one militant has been killed, he said.

The gunfight, reportedly, is still going on in the area.

The identity and group affiliation of the slain militant was not available immediately as the search operation in the village was still continuing, PTI quoted a police officer.

First published: 4 July 2016, 19:58 IST
 
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