Troopers killed in Handwara attack identified

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HANDWARA — Three troopers killed in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district today have been identified.

A police official said that 7 troopers were injured when militants attacked a patrolling party from 92 Battalion in Wangam Qaziabad area of Handwara. Three troopers were killed while others were hospitalised. The condition of one of the troopers is critical.

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He identified the slain troopers as Constable Santosh Mishra, Constable Chandra Shekhar and Constable Ashwani Kumar Yadav.

A civilian, identified as Hazim Shafi Bhat (14) of Khaipora, Handwara, reportedly mentally unsound, was also killed in the shootout.

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