Srinagar : A joint group of 21 Rashtriya Rifles and Handwara Police are engaged with an encounter since last evening with a terrorist group hidden in the Jungle.

A unidentified terrorist was killed in an encounter with security force in north Kashmir’s Kupwara today, the seventh militant to be killed in three encounters in the area since Thursday.

The recent encounter softened out up Petha Wadar jungle zone of Handwara today, an army official said.

A search operation was launched by a joint team of police and army after receiving specific inputs about the presence of militants in the area. The hiding militants fired upon them, triggering an encounter in which the militant was killed.

He said the operation was on when reports last came in.Today’s encounter is the third in Kupwara district since yesterday in which a total of seven militants have been killed so far.

Yesterday, three militants were killed in an encounter in Dobwan forests of Lolab area of the district.n another gunfight last evening in Waterkhani forests of Drugmulla area of the district, another three militants were killed by the security forces.

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