J&K: 5 terrorists killed in Nowgam, Poonch encounters; gun battles continue in both areas

NEW DELHI: Four terrorists were killed in an encounter near the Line of Control in Nowgam, Handwara, in Jammu and Kashmir. ANI reports that four weapons have been recovered from them and the search operation continues.

Three ultras were killed when the army foiled an infiltration bid on the Line of Control in Nowgam. The incident occurred when the troops noticed suspicious movement and challenged the ultras. The militants opened fire and in the ensuing gunfight, the ultras were killed. ANI reported that a fourth terrorist was killed.

In another encounter in Poonch, a policeman was killed and another critically injured when militants opened fire on the security forces. At least two to three terrorists were suspected to be around the mini-secretariat in Allah Pir area, which is under construction. Security forces have encircled the building to flush out the ultras. As the gun battle continues, one terrorist has been killed, ANI reports.

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Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh said that, in Poonch, the area had been cordoned off. “These are highly condemnable actions of Pakistan, it’s being done by them. They are creating trouble in Kashmir,” Singh said, adding, ” Pakistan has become a failed state, see what’s happening in Balochistan, PoK, Gilgit Baltistan and other areas,”

On Friday, an Indian Army convoy has been attacked by militants at Kralgund, in Handwara, Kupwara in Jammu and Kashmir in which two jawans were injured in the attack.

In a separate incident on the same day, militants had attacked the guard post at the residence of a political leader in Kulgam district of Kashmir and decamped with rifles of policemen after disarming them.

The ultras barged into the residential compound of Abdul Rashid Khanday, who was earlier associated with National Conference, at Begom in Kulgam late Wednesday night and took away four service rifles of the cops posted on guard duty of the political leader.

With inputs from ANI, PTI and dna reporter Ishfaq ul Hassan.

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