Two militants killed in Kupwara encounter

On high alert A soldier in an encounter in Srinagar
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Two militants were killed during an encounter with security personnel in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district on March 15.  A policeman has also been injured in the gunfight.

According to reports, the encounter started at Kalaroos, Kupwara, when a group of militants opened fire at a search-and-cordon group of the security forces early in the morning. The members of the Central Reserve Police Force, Rashtriya Rifles, Jammu and Kashmir Police and Special Operations Group undertook a joint operation after getting a tip-off that two to three militants were hiding in the area.

The militants, police sources claim, were associated with the Pakistan-based terror group, Lashkar-e-Toiba.  The entire village has been sealed and reinforcements were called in to plug all the escape routes in the area.

The gunfight comes as authorities have suspended the bus service across the Line of Control – between Jammu and Rawalkote – following cross-border shelling in Poonch.

“The operation is in progress. Any further detail will be confirmed only after the operation is over,” said Srinagar-based Army spokesman.