Two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists were killed early this morning in an encounter with security forces in Handwara, a village in North Kashmir’s Kupwara district. Both men were locals, and one of them only recently became a terrorist.
The Indian Army’s 30 Rashtriya Rifles (RR), the 92 Battalion of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Special Operations Group (SOG) cordoned off Guloora — an area in Handwara — after reports of suspicious activity in the area, the police said.
Soon after, the joint team of security forces fired several gunshots, which led to an encounter, the police said.
Earlier, a police official said forces had holed up two terrorists in the area during the encounter.
The two slain terrorists have been identified as Liyaqat from Harwan in Baramulla district’s Sopore and 18-year-old Furkaan from Langate in Kupwara district’s Handwara.
The official added that the cordon-and-search operation (CASO) was launched in the village at around 2:30 am, following a specific input about the presence of militants.
Authorities have now directed telecom companies to suspend internet services in Handwara.
The Kupwara district administration, on its part, has decided to suspend classes in GDC Handwara college and all higher secondary schools in the Mawar and Langate zones as a precautionary measure.
News credit : Indiatoday