In a massive encounter that has entered its second day on Monday, Indian Armypersonnel are engaged in a search operation to flush out hiding terroristsfrom the Rajwar forests in Handwara, Jammu and Kashmir.
The fierce gun battle that has been raging on since Sunday entered its second and so far three Army personnel have been injured, including a Lieutenant-Colonel and two jawans.
The militants are believed to be cornered and attempts are being made to capture or neutralise them.
Heavy firing is underway and additional troops have been rushed to cordon off the forest area.
Earlier, the Army had launched a search operation in Kupwara where Colonel Santosh Mahadik, the Commanding Officer (CO) of 41 Rashtriya Rifles was killed in a fierce gun battle with terrorists.