Soldier also killed
Bandipora: Three militants and an army soldier were killed in a week-long operation in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district.
Defence spokesperson confirmed to Kashmir Reader that three militants were killed and weapons were recovered in “Operation Dana”.
With the killing of three militants, the week-long army operation also “ended”, the spokesperson added.
“The search and destroy operation by army’s 27 and 31 RR was going on in the forest area of Dana Behak in Chandaji forests of Bandipora for a week,” he said.
An army soldier Rifleman Shiv Kumar of 31 RR was also injured Saturday morning and was evacuated to 92 base military hospital where he succumbed to injuries, a local news agency GNS reported.
Two army soldiers suffered injuries during the initial phase of gunfight on Friday and have been hospitalized, it added.
Meanwhile, on second day of the operation, army busted a militant hide out and recovered a GPS, wireless set, an AK47 Magazine, a pouch and some clothes.
On Friday, during wee hours, the “friendly fire” among two search parties resulted in minor injuries to two soldiers of 31 RR unit. Among the injured, one was shifted to army’s base hospital in Srinagar, according to sources.
According to police officials, a group of Pakistani militants was roaming around since past few months in Bandipora forests after infiltrating from border sector Gurez.
The identity of the militants is being ascertained, a police official said as the bodies were yet to be recovered.