Militant, soldier killed as infiltration bid foiled: Army

Srinagar: A militant and a soldier were killed while as two troopers were injured in a gunfight along the Line of Control (LoC) in Keran sector of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, army said Wednesday.

Army’s Srinagar based defence spokesperson said that the soldiers manning the fence near Chunkun post intercepted a group of infiltrators Wednesay afternoon.

“A militant and a trooper have been killed in an ongoing operation so far”, the spokesman said, adding that two more soldiers suffered bullet wounds and have been hospitalized.

Earlier, official sources said that army soldiers of 9 SIKH Li were patrolling near Chunkan Post in Keran sector as they came under a barrage of fire from militants believed to be infiltrators at about 1:45 pm.

The army men also retaliated and in the exchange of fire, one soldier Mandeep Singh of 9 Sikh LI sustained grievous injuries. He was shifted to Military hospital Drugmulla where doctors declared him brought dead.

Sources say there could be more injuries to the soldiers.

Meanwhile, additional reinforcements of army’s Para troopers have been rushed to the firing spot and massive searches are underway.



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