Kupwara, J-K: Two militants were gunned down by security forces in Handwara in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Sunday after an intense gunbattle broke out on Friday. Also Read - Odisha Govt to Allow COVID-19 Vaccination for Beggars, Sadhus and Other Vulnerable People Without ID Proof

The gun-fight between security forces and militants in Handwara entered the third day on Sunday after a joint security team was fired upon during a search and cordon operation on late Thursday night. Also Read - Sachin Tendulkar Pays Tribute to Nurses, Says Grateful For Everything They Do

Five security personnel, including three CRPF soldiers and two Jammu and Kashmir police personnel have been martyred in the encounter so far. A civilian has also been killed in the crossfire. Also Read - Delhi Records 13,287 Fresh COVID-19 Cases, Death Toll Falls To 300; Positivity Rate Stands At 17.03 Per Cent

Some reports earlier suggested that two militants have been gunned down and their dead bodies have been spotted in the debris of a house.

The standoff broke out on the intervening night of February 28-March 1, when a joint security team launched a cordon-and-search operation in Babagund Langate area of Handwara.

KULGAM ENCOUNTER 

A Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Superintendent of Police (DySP) Aman Thakur and an Army jawan were martyred last week in an encounter with Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists in Kulgam district of south Kashmir.

Three JeM ultras were killed in that encounter, which also injured an Indian Army major and three jawans.