Handwara encounter: NIA to begin probe

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is all set to probe the Langate (Handwara) encounter from Friday, reports said.

Two terrorists were killed in the encounter yesterday morning after they opened fire outside the 30 Rashtriya Rifles camp at Langate. The terrorists, who were in army combat uniform, had opened fire at around 5 am.

During the search operation in the area, the militants opened fire at the forces. The firing continued for 10 to 15 minutes. Since the troops were alert, the attack was aptly retaliated by the security forces.

The Langate incident came days after terrorists attacked a BSF and adjoining camps in Baramulla district, where one Border Security Force (BSF) soldier was killed in the attack.

The attack also comes after the Indian Army conducted surgical strikes and destroyed seven terror launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC), last week.

Last month, terrorists had attacked the army brigade headquarters at Uri, killing 19 soldiers.

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