Two militants were reportedly killed in counter fire by Indian forces during an attack on an army camp in north Kashmir's Kupwara district early on Thursday morning. Combing operations were on and intermittent firing could be heard near the 30 Rashtriya Rifles headquarters in Handwara town.
"At around 5am, militants opened firing on an army camp at Langate in Kupwara district, which was retaliated by the alert jawans," an army official said. He said there was a stand-off firing for about 15-20 minutes.
Gunfire was heard again when militants opened fire at forces who were conducting search operations after the initial gunfight. Reports said some militants were suspected trapped in the area. "There was firing once again on the camp at 6:30am as the forces were conducting the search operation," the official said.
He said the operation was on and additional forces have been rushed to the area. The attack comes amid tensions at the border with Pakistan days after the Indian Army conducted surgical strikes across the Line of Control to dismantle the terror infrastructure in Pakistan-held territory.