Acting on specific information about the presence of militants in Sudal village of Magam in Handwara, police and army launched a joint cordon and search operation this morning, a police spokesman said.

As the search operation was going on, the militants fired upon the security forces triggering an encounter.

During the gunbattle, a LeT militant was killed, the spokesman said, adding the slain militant was later identified as Abu Ukasha Afghani – the divisional commander of the outfit.

The search operation was going on till last reports came in, the spokesman said.


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