"In the exchange of fire, two terrorists were killed".
A police official said entry and exist points at both the places were sealed and security personnel conducted house to house searches to nab the militants hiding there. Handwara sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) Shabir Khan said the militants fired on a joint party of police and the Army, triggering the shootout.
The identities and group affiliations of the slain militants were being ascertained.
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Duterte has expressed gratitude to Putin for Russia's "timely assistance" in the end of the five-month long war in Marawi City. The two countries provided military aid during the Marawi crisis by donating military equipment to battle terrorism.
The troops killed the youth during a siege and search operation in Rajwar area of the district.The martyred youth were identified as Ashiq Ahmad Butt of Palhalan Pattan and Toib Majeed Mir of Brath Kalan Sopore.
The BSF man was on leave at his home and killed in gun and knife attack of militants on September 28.
Handwara: One person died while two others sustained injuries when a speedy four wheeler met with an accident at Zachaldara Rajwara area of Handwara. "The militants in north are mostly foreigners", he told DH.