J&K: 1 Terrorist Killed, Pakistani Currency Recovered In Handwara Encounter

| October 22 , 2017 , 11:44 IST

At least one terrorist has been killed as an encounter is underway between security forces and a group of unidentified terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir's Handwara district on Sunday. Along with the slain terrorist, a grenade, rifle and a large amount of Pakistani currency notes have been recovered from the Handwara encounter.

According to reports, the encounter broke out after security forces launched a massive search operation to flush out terrorists hiding in the Hajin area of Handwara, and 2-3 more terrorists are still believed to be hiding in the area.

Defence Ministry spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said that the security forces launched an operation against the militants in the Ananwan area at 5 a.m.

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“One terrorist has been killed and a weapon has been recovered in the operation which is still ongoing,” Kalia said.

Top police officials said that 9 paramilitary personnel along with other security forces jointly carried out the operation.

The security personnel involved in the search operation are reportedly safe.

Previously, on September 24, the Indian Army busted a militant hideout in the Handwara district and had seized a large cache of explosives, arms and ammunition which included an anti-aircraft gun.

Militant activity, along with infiltrations and ceasefire violations in the Jammu and Kashmir region has increased multi-fold this year.