Militant killed in overnight Handwara gunfight, searches on: Army

Srinagar: One militant has been killed in an encounter with government forces at Badra Payeen area of Kralgund, Handwara in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, officials said on Thursday.

An army officer said that after a brief gunfight last night, one militant was killed and his body was recovered along with a pistol and some grenades.

The officer said that the army’s 32 RR came under fire while throwing a cordon amid inputs about the presence of some militants late Wednesday night.

The fire, he said was retaliated, leading to an encounter in which the militant was killed.

The officer said that the identity and the group affiliation of the slain is being ascertained.

More reinforcements of army’s 3 Para troops, 21 RR, 22 RR, 30 RR, SOG and CRPF were rushed to the area.

The searches were going on when reports last came in.

In the backdrop of encounter at Babagund, Langate last week, the forces did not recover body immediately and waited entire night to recover it.

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Pertinen to mention that one of the two slain militants at Babagund, Langate, Handwara had played dead before rising from the rubble and fired indiscriminately leading to killing of five government forces personnel including an Inspector of CRPF while eleven others including a commandant of CRPF and soldiers of army were injured. (GNS)