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.

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.

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.

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.