Militant, army man killed in Poonch encounter

Jammu: A militant and an army man were killed in a gunbattle near the Line of Control (LoC) on Wednesday as troops foiled an infiltration in Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir, according to defence officials. Since independent confirmation of such incidents from these areas is not possible, army sources often are the sole source of information.
A defence ministry spokesman said the army detected suspicious movement of a group of militants along the LoC in Krishnagati sector at around 3pm. The army reportedly confronted the militants who opened fire, critically injuring Lance Naik Govind Singh, Defence Spokesman SN Acharya said. Govind died enroute to hospital, Acharya added.
During the ensuing gunbattle, troops killed a militant and recovered his body, he claimed.
The area has been cordoned off and the operation was still going on when reports last came in from the area, Acharya said.
—PTI