J&K : 3 CRPF jawans,1 militant killed in gun battle in Handwara

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In a fierce gun battle in Qazibad area of Handwara in J&K, Kupwara district between security forces and militants, three CRPF jawans were killed, on Monday. One militant was also killed in the attack.

Three CRPF personnel were killed on Monday in a militant attack in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials have confirmed. Security forces also managed to kill one militant.

The attackers opened fire on a CPRF party at Wangam-Qaziabad in Kralgund area of the district. The three CRPF jawans were killed on the spot, several others have been injured in the Handwara attack.

The area has been closed and additional forces rushed there to track down the assailants, the officials said, adding further details are awaited.

Militants hurled a grenade at the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) camp guarding a power installation at Wagoora area under Nowgam police station area. A CISF jawan was also injured in a grenade attack on a security forces’ camp at Nowgam area of Srinagar on Monday, officials said.

The Kupwara attack comes two days after a colonel, a major and three other security forces personnel were killed in an encounter with terrorists in north Kashmir’s Handwara.

The encounter claimed the lives of Colonel Ashutosh Sharma, Major Anuj Sood, Naik Rajesh and Lance Naik Dinesh, in Handwara in Kupwara district. All of them belong to the Brigade of the Guards regiment, and at present part of the 21 Rashtriya Rifles and deployed to counter terrorism.

A Jammu and Kashmir Police Sub-Inspector, Sageer Ahmad Pathan alias Qazi,  was killed by the terrorists.

Giving details of the encounter at a village in Rajwar forests, two holed-up terrorists, were eliminated in the encounter, included commander of banned Lashkar-e-Taiba Haider, a Pakistani national. He has been active in the North Kashmir area.  The identity of the other was yet to be ascertained.

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