4 jawans killed in a gunbattle in J&K’s Handwara

RSTV Bureau

Four jawans were killed on Monday morning after a fierce gunbattle with militants in the forested areas of Handwara in Jammu and Kashmir.

An Army spokesperson confirmed that four jawans lost their lives in a gunbattle with the militants during an operation launched in Haphruda forest in Handwara. The jawans launched the operation after a tip off about the presence of militants in the area.

Another militant was shot dead in a separate encounter in Lolab area in the same district, said the Army spokesperson.

On Sunday, two militants suspected of belonging to Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) outfit, believed to be Pakistanis, were killed in Pulwama. A jawan was also injured in that encounter.

According to police sources, the militants were later identified as Salim alias Adil Pathan and Rehman alias Burmi. The police also added that the militants were suspected to be Pakistani nationals.

Pakistan-based JeM has been responsible for several major attacks in Jammu and Kashmir and Delhi, including the one on Parliament on December 13, 2001.

(With inputs from PTI)