New Delhi: Five security personnel, including three CRPF soldiers and two Jammu and Kashmir police personnel were martyred in a 56-hour-long encounter in Handwara in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district. The intense gun-battle which started on Friday also neutralised two terrorists today. Also Read - Jammu and Kashmir Admin Announces Complete Lockdown In 11 districts Amid Spike In COVID Cases
A civilian was also killed in the firing when protesters clashed with the security forces to disrupt the operation. Also Read - Complete Corona Curfew Imposed in Jammu and Kashmir Till Monday Morning
“Operation is almost over,final search on. We have recovered 2 bodies of terrorists, their identities being ascertained. The reason for prolonged operation is tough terrain along with heavy civilian population. We’ve lost 3 CRPF and 2 J&K Police personnel,” confirmed IGP Kashmir SP Pani. Also Read - Jammu & Kashmir: Corona Curfew Extended To All 20 Districts, Public Transport To Ply At 50% Capacity
Seven other security personnel were also injured in the gunfight. If reports are to be believed, two houses and two cowsheds were destroyed by the security forces as the hiding militants kept on changing positions at the site of the gunfight.
The intense gunfight in Handwara comes nearly a week after a Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Superintendent of Police (DySP) Aman Thakur and an Army jawan lost their lives in an encounter with Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists in Kulgam district of south Kashmir.