An encounter between security forces and terrorists is underway in Langate area of Handwara since early morning. After the recent surgical strike by Indian armed forces on terrorist camps in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK), following the Uri attack in which 19 soldiers were killed, tension have increased between both countries with India vowing to revenge such attacks.
Last Thursday, two terrorists were killed and an Army jawan was martyred after an encounter broke out between security forces and terrorists in Bandipora district of Jammu and Kashmir. As per reports, a joint team of Army and police launched anti-terror operations in Sopore and Bandipora districts.
Several parts of the state were marred by militant attacks, civilian protests and burning of schools after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists Burhan Wani in July . Around 100 people lost their lives in unrest in the past five months, and many have suffered grievous injuries during protests. The Valley was also left paralysed by continuous shutdown calls by separatist groups. However, the state is relatively peaceful now with now reports of protests.
The unrest led to affecting ties between the two nations, with India accusing Pakistan of fomenting tensions in the state. To add fuel to the fire is Pakistan’s continuing ceasefire violations. On November 23, a day after Three bodies Indian soldier body found in Machil sector with one among them in mutilated state , armed forces launched a massive assault on Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC). Armed forces are using 120 mm heavy mortars and machine guns in the attack on Pakistani army posts.