Five personnel of the security force, including two officers, went missing during an anti-terrorism operation in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday. According to the information received during the encounter, the soldiers went inside the house in which the terrorists were hiding. Since then, the soldiers have not been contacted.
A police officer said that after receiving information about the presence of militants in the area, the security forces conducted a search operation on Friday in the Chanjmulla area of Handwara in Kupwara district of North Kashmir. He said that the security forces conducted extensive searches and investigations in the area. On Saturday evening, however, the militants faced security forces and the encounter started. However, the officer did not provide any further information.
Army sources said that five security forces personnel have gone missing as they lost contact. Army sources said two officers were among the five personnel missing. According to sources, a search operation has been launched to trace the missing security forces, while the operation to eliminate the terrorists is still going on.
In another operation, the presence of militants was reported in Dangerpura area of South Kashmir district, after which security forces cordoned off the area early today and launched a search operation. He said that while the security forces were conducting a search operation in the area, the terrorists hiding there started firing on them. The officer said that the security forces also retaliated, after which the encounter started.
Officials said efforts were being made to identify the slain terrorists and ascertain which organization they were associated with. He said that the security forces have recovered arms and ammunition from the site of the encounter.