1 Killed After attack on Army Patrol in South

SRINAGAR: At least one suspected militant was killed after army encountered a group of militants who had attacked a patrol party Tuesday evening in South Kashmir.

Militants launched an attack on an Army patrol at Beighpora, Awantipora in Pulwama district late Tuesday evening.

A senior Army official said that militants opened heavy fire upon Army’s patrol party belonging to 55-Rashtriya Rifles near Railway track in Beighpora area of Awantipora at around 6:50 p.m late this evening.

Soon after the attack, Army and Special Operation Group (SOG) of Police cordoned off the Beighpora, Janglnad , Ghatokna and its adjoining villages and launched a hunt for the suspects.

Here the militants fired upon the advancing forces which included additional reinforcements from 42 RR and SOG.

The joint team of forces came under heavy fire triggering a brief gunfight, police said.

Searches later carried out resulted in recovery a body which was said to be that of a militant.

Army’s Srinagar based defence spokesman said that acting on intelligence inputs about the presence of some militants in the area; army’s 55 RR launched a cordon to eliminate the militant group.

As the troops intensified the combing operation, the militants fired indiscriminately which was retaliated ensuing a gunfight resulting in death of a militant”, the spokesman said.

A senior police official said that a body has been recovered along with an AK-56 rifle, 60 rounds 04 magazines and a cell phone without sim card. “The identity of the slain was yet to be ascertained.  

“Two more militants while taking advantage of darkness managed to escape from the spot”, the official added.

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