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Five security personnel were martyred in the 60-hour encounter in Jammu and Kashmir's Handwara. A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) soldier, who was injured on Friday, when the anti-terror operations started in Kupwara, died today.
Earlier two CRPF personnel, two state policemen were killed and eight others including a commandant were injured.
The encounter between terrorists and security forces in Babagund, Handwara area enters third day. Two CRPF personnel and two Jammu and Kashmir police personnel have lost their lives so far. Operation underway. pic.twitter.com/D5rIaSC2Tw— ANI (@ANI) March 3, 2019
The encounter began on Friday morning when security forces launched a search operation in the area in north Kashmir, following information about the presence of militants there.
One terrorist was eliminated last night in the Handwara encounter which is still underway.
Clashes between a group of youngsters and security personnel took place near the encounter site, the officials said. A youth, identified as Waseem Ahmad Mir, suffered severe injuries and was rushed to a hospital where the doctors declared him ‘brought dead’, they said.
The army chief, General Bipin Rawat on Saturday reviewed the security situation along the Line of Control (LoC) and the International Border (IB) in Jammu region.
"During the visit to the Corps Headquarters, the Chief Of Army Staff (COAS) was briefed and updated by Lt Gen Paramjit Singh, GOC, White Knight Corps about the current operational situation, prevailing security scenario and the preparedness of the formation," news agency IANS quoted a defense statement.
The army chief was also informed about the measures in the hinterland in the Corps' area of responsibility towards ensuring peace and stability.