Two senior army officers – a colonel and a major- are among the five security personnel killed in action in encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Handwara.
Two terrorists have also been killed in the encounter at the Chanjmulla area of Handwara in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, about 70 km from J&K’s capital Srinagar, which began yesterday.
A joint anti-terrorist operation by armed forces and J&K Police began yesterday, an official statement said, adding that the team was able to rescue several civilians.
“Based on the intelligence input that terrorists were taking the civilian inmates of a house in Changimulla, Handwara of Kupwara district hostage, a joint operation was launch by Army and JK Police. A team comprising of five Army and JK Police personnel entered the target area occupied by the trts to evacuate the civ (civilians),” the statement read.
“The team of Army and JK Police entered the the tgt (target) area and successfully extricated the civ. However, during the process, the team was subjected to heavy volume of fire by the terrorists,” it added.