Two militants, including scholar-turned- militant Manan Bashir Wani, were shot dead during an encounter between terrorists and security forces at Handwara in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Thursday morning.
Wani, 27, was a PhD scholar at Aligarh Muslim University before he joined the militant ranks of Hizbul Mujahideen in January, 2018. Another Hizbul Mujahideen militant, yet to be identified, was killed by security forces. The encounter broke out in the early hours of Thursday at Satgund in Handwara following a specific intelligence about presence of Wani, along with two others, officials said.
The exchange of fire continued till 11 am with a lull at around 9 am, when the police initiated search operations at the encounter site. However, search operations were suspended within 15 minutes as militants resumed firing. Read More