4 militants killed in Kupwara forest

Newspoint Bureau

Srinagar, March 20

Four militants were killed in a fierce encounter with security forces in the woods in frontier Kashmir district of Kupwara on Tuesday evening.

Defence Ministry spokesperson Colonel Rajesh Kalia told UNI that following specific information about presence of militants in Halmatpora check forests, a joint search operation was launched by Special Operations Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir Police, Army and CRPF in the area.

However, when security forces were moving towards a particular area in the forest, militants hiding there, fired at them with automatic weapons. “Security forces also retaliated ensuing in an encounter,” he said.

Four militants were so far killed in the exchange of fire, he said, adding the operation was still going on when the reports last came in.

Additional security forces were rushed and the forest area was completely cordoned off, he added.

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