The Army officers were leading a team to rescue civilians who had been taken hostage by the terrorists, the officials said.
During the process,team was subjected to a heavy volume of fire by terrorists. In the ensuing firefight,2 terrorists were eliminated&team of 5 Army& JK personnel comprising of 2 Army officers,2 Army soldiers& 1JK Police Sub Inspector attained martyrdom: Army Spox on Handwara Op https://t.co/MmkZPa0Imj
— ANI (@ANI) May 3, 2020
Colonel Ashutosh Sharma, Commanding Officer of 21 Rashtriya Rifles unit lost his life in the encounter. He had been part of several successful counter-terrorist operations in the past, ANI reported.
Based on the intelligence input that terrorists were taking the civilian inmates of a house in Changimulla, Handwara of Kupwara district hostage, a joint operation was launched by Army and J&K Police, said Army spokesperson on Handwara Operation.