kashmir: 5 security forces personnel go missing during anti-militancy operation in J-K’s Kupwara

SRINAGAR: Five security forces personnel, including two officers, went missing during an anti-militancy operation in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, even as two unidentified militants were killed in another encounter in Pulwama, officials said.

Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Chanjmulla area of Handwara in the north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Friday following inputs about the presence of militants there, a police official said.

He said the security forces maintained a tight cordon and conducted searches in the area.

However, contact with militants was established on Saturday evening and an encounter ensued, the official said.

While the official gave no further details, Army sources said five security forces personnel have gone missing as contact has been lost with them.

The Army sources said the five personnel include two officers.

According to the sources, a hunt has been launched to trace the missing personnel, while the operation to neutralise the militants was also on.

In another operation, security forces killed two militants in Pulwama district of south Kashmir.

The security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Dangerpora area of the district in the wee hours of Saturday following specific information about the presence of militants in the area, the police official said.

He said as the forces were conducting searches in the area, militants fired upon them.

The forces retaliated, ensuing an encounter in which two militants were killed, the official said.

He said the identity and group affiliation of the slain ultras was being ascertained.

The security forces recovered arms and ammunition from the encounter site, he added.

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