Two terrorists killed in Handwara encounter; Operation continues

Aasif Suhaf, Jammu, News24Bureau: Two terrorists killed in Handwara encounter. Arms and ammunition recovered. Identities of the slain terrorists are yet to be ascertained. "The Operation continues," said the J&K police.

Fresh gunfight had started at Handwara village in North Kashmir. Top Hizbul Commander has likely escaped.Fresh firing has started between militants and forces on Thursday at Shatgund, Qalamabad in Handwara area of north Kashmir's Frontier district.An encounter broke out between militants and joint team of forces at Shatgund Balla in Handwara area of Kupwara north Kashmir. Reports said that a joint team of army and J&K Police (SOG) cordoned off Shatgund Balla area at around 2:30 a.m early morning.The Joint team later at around 3:00 a.m fired some warning shots towards the suspected spot, however, there was no immediate response.At around 9am in morning as the forces were carrying house to house searches, militants fired at them, which was retaliated, leading to a gunfight between trapped militants and forces. A senior police officer confirmed this to News24.Sources said the operation was launched following inputs about the presence of some militants in the area. There was reports of AMU Scholar Dr Manan Wani being among the trapped militants but sources said Manan has managed to escape from the gunfight, however there was no official confirmation on Manan Wani being trapped or escaping.As per official communication from police the encounter has resumed between militants and forces and the operation is in progress.Meanwhile, the authorities closed all the educational institutions in the frontier district of Kupwara and snapped internet services in parts of Handwara and Kupwara.An official of the district administration said that the all schools and colleges across Kupwara district shall remain closed except in Machil, Tanghdar and Keran areas. The decision has been taken as a precautionary measure to avoid law and order situation, he said.Meanwhile, schools and colleges have been closed in Bandipora district along with Colleges and Higher Secondary Schools in Pattan and Baramulla. Also degree college Pulwama has been closed by the authorities, the officials added.