BANDIPORA: Two militants and an army soldier were killed in an ongoing operation in a forest area in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district. Defence PRO Col Rajesh Kalia told Kashmir Reader that “two militants and an army soldier have been killed in the operation so far, which continues.”
Though the identity of the two killed militants is yet to be ascertained, a police officer in the district said that they are foreigners and most likely affiliated with Lashkar-e-Taiba outfit. He said the slain militants were part of a group that a few weeks ago infiltrated into this side of Kashmir from the border region of Gurez.
The police officer said that medico-legal formalities were on and the bodies were yet to be shifted for burial. He said that probably three to four militants are still holed up around the Panar forests. To flush them out, the army’s operation is on in the area, he said.
The slain army soldier was identified as Mavendra Singh of 14 RR. He received a bullet in his chest. He was airlifted to the army’s 92 base hospital but succumbed to his injuries.
The operation in the Panar and adjoining forest area began on Saturday, after inputs about the presence of a group of militants there. On Saturday night, the first, brief exchange of gunfire took place. Later, units of special commandoes and paratroopers were called from other northern Districts to take part in the operation. For the past six days, intermittent exchange of gunfire between militants and army soldiers has been going on.