Colonel, Major among 5 killed in in encounter with terrorists in J&K’s Handwara

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A colonel, one major and two jawans of the Indian Army were killed along with a sub-inspector of J&K police – total 5 security personnel were killed during an operation to flush terrorists out of a house in Handwara in north Kashmir.

Two terrorists were also killed in the encounter that began around 3:30pm on Saturday at Handwara area of the district in north Kashmir, which is about 70 km from J&K capital Srinagar.

According to sources, Colonel Ashutosh Sharma, Major Anuj, Lance Naik, a rifleman and police sub-inspector Shakeel Qazi were killed after a long gunbattle with terrorists.

A joint anti-terrorists operation by the Indian Army and J&K Police began on Saturday afternoon. 

“Based on the intelligence input that terrorists were taking the civilian inmates of a house in Changimulla,  Handwara of Kupwara district, hostage, a joint operation was launched by Army and JK Police. A team comprising five Army and JK Police personnel entered the target area occupied by the terrorists to evacuate the civilians”, the statement read.

“Bodies of two terrorists have been recovered from the encounter site and civilians have been evacuated”, officials said.