Baramulla: A militant and an army soldier were killed in fresh gunfight that broke out on Wednesday in Keran village along the Line of Control in Kupwara district.
The army spokesperson confirmed the killing of soldier and a militant, who he said was part of a group infiltrating from across the border.
Official sources said that soldiers were carrying patrol at Chunkan post when they came under fire from militants. In the exchange of firing, a trooper lost his life and two others were injured. The wounded soldiers were evacuated to hospital. The killed soldier was identified as Sandeep Singh.
During the firing, an unidentified militant was killed. Since the area is inaccessible, nothing could be verified independently.
The official source said that the area has been cordoned off and more troops rushed to the spot to nab the attackers.
Wednesday’s gunfight is the third encounter in the frontier district in the last two days. Yesterday, two gunfights broke out in Kupwara villages in which three Lashkar-e-Toiba militants and a soldier were killed. The body of slain trooper Hawaldar Jatindar Singh of 21 Raj Rifles was removed to Srinagar for last rites, and the two troopers who were injured are stable in hospital.
In Zurhama forests where Singh was slain, a massive manhunt was launched to nab the militants. But no contact with militants was established so far.
Meanwhile, the three non-local Lashkar militants killed on Tuesday were buried in the martyrs’ graveyard at Gantamulla Baramulla late Tuesday evening. About a dozen people and some policemen were present for the burial.
The Gantamulla graveyard came into existence after thousands of people participated in funeral prayers of ‘most wanted’ Pakistani Lashkar commander Abu Qasim in Kulgam two years ago. Since then, the government stopped giving bodies of non-local militants to people in the Valley and their last rites are performed in a hush-hush manner in the Gantamulla graveyard.