Meanwhile, Five security personnel including one Colonel, one Major two Jawans and one policeman martyred in the encounter.
Condoling the martyrdom of security personnel in an encounter with terrorists in Jammu& Kashmir, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that their valour and sacrifice will never be forgotten. In a Tweet, PM Modi said:
Tributes to our courageous soldiers and security personnel martyred in Handwara. Their valour and sacrifice will never be forgotten. They served the nation with utmost dedication and worked tirelessly to protect our citizens. Condolences to their families and friends.
Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh has said the loss of soldiers and security personnel in Handwara is deeply disturbing and painful.
In a series of Tweets, the Raksha Mantri said:
The loss of our soldiers and security personnel in Handwara is deeply disturbing and painful. They showed exemplary courage in their fight against the terrorists and made supreme sacrifice while serving the country.
We will never forget their bravery and sacrifice. I offer my tributes to the soldiers and security personnel who fell in action. My heart goes out to the families who lost their loved ones today. India stands shoulder to shoulder with the families of these brave martyrs.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah also paid tribute to the five security personnel who were martyred in the Handwara encounter. The Home Minister said that the entire country will remain indebted to the supreme sacrifice made them.