Nowgam gunfight: Four militants, soldier killed

Nowgam gunfight: Four militants, soldier killed
Indian army soldiers take position at the scene of a firing incident on the National Highway in Srinagar on September 29, 2013.  (File Photo)
Indian army soldiers take position at the scene of a firing incident on the National Highway in Srinagar on September 29, 2013. (File Photo)

Srinagar: Four militants were killed while an Indian army soldier also lost his life in the two-day gunfight along the Line of Control in Nowgam sector in Kupwara district of north Kashmir, Indian army said on Friday.

Four heavily armed terrorists were eliminated by the alert troops operating in the forward area of the sector when militants were trying to infiltrate during early hours on Thursday, an Indian army official said.

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He said the bodies of the militants were recovered from the site along with four AK-47 Rifles, ammunition and other war-like stores.

Havildar Hangpand Dada, who led his team, was seriously injured during the gun fight and succumbed to injuries while being evacuated to army Base Hospital, the official said.

Thirty-six year old Dada is survived by wife, a daughter and a son.

Giving details of the operation, the official said troops deployed in the sector observed movement of a group of terrorists.

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“The counter infiltration grid was reinforced while the militants were kept under constant surveillance till they could be effectively engaged,” he said, adding army troops successfully foiled the infiltration bid.

The identity of four militants is yet to be ascertained, the official said.

He said security forces are continuing search and sanitization operation in the area is underway.

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