2 Militants, Soldier Killed in Bandipora Gunbattle

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SRINAGAR — Two militants and an army soldier were killed in an ongoing operation at forest area of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district on Thursday.

Army said Thursday evening that two militants were killed in the operation so far.

The bodies of the slain militants were recovered along with as many AK rifles and other arms and ammunition.

Their identities and group affiliation were being ascertained, he said.

An army jawan also sustained serious bullet wounds during the fresh gunfight early morning, he said, adding that the injured soldier was immediately evacuated to military hospital where he succumbed.

“The operation was launched last week when the militants and the government forces exchanged brief gunfight in Raynar forests adjacent to Panar area. The operation with the help of additional reinforcement continued and entered on sixth straight day today,” the officer said.

He said that during the period intermittent firing was also reported in the area.

“Operation is still going on to trace out the other hiding militants,” the officer added. 

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