Handwara gun-battle ends; militant, soldier killed

An army man and a militant were killed on Friday on the second day of gun-battle in Nougam sector of Handwara in Kupwara district, taking the overall death toll to five.
Handwara gun-battle ends; militant, soldier killed
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An army man and a militant were killed on Friday on the second day of gun-battle in Nougam sector of Handwara in Kupwara district, taking the overall death toll to five.

The army said it resumed the operation in the morning but militant firing led to bullet injuries to a soldier identified as HavaladarHanpan Dada of 35 Rashtriya Rifles who succumbed on being evacuated to hospital.

"We launched final assault targeting the holed up militant who was killed taking the number of killed militants to four. With the killing of fourth militant firing in the area has stopped and army has launched a major combing operation in the high-altitude area," a defence spokesman said.

Three militants were killed in the encounter yesterday.

Hundreds of people participated in the funeral of the slain militants at InderdajiNougam in the evening.

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