4 Militants Killed, Commando Injured In Rafiabad: Army  

Forces Rush Reinforcements To Gurez; No Militant Body Found So Far

SRINAGAR — Four unidentified militants were claimed to have been killed by Army in forests of Rafiabad in Baramulla district of north Kashmir on Wednesday. Army’s special commando was also injured in the gunfight.

Army’s spokesperson here said 32 RR and 9 PARA commandos launched a cordon-and-search operation in the dense woods at Naldagi which connects the area with Uri sector.

A commando of army’s 9 PARA, Naresh Chander Bhutt was injured in the initial gunfight and was immediately airlifted to 92 base military hospital here.

“Four militants have been killed so far in the operation. Their identity and group affiliation are being ascertained,” the spokesman said.

“Lt Gen AK Bhatt, GOC, Chinar Corps compliments Kilo Force, Special Forces (SF) and 32 RR soldiers for killing four militants in the ongoing operations in the forests of Rafiabad. The SF team was specially inserted in the area of operations and have done an excellent job by neutralising these militants and thwarting their nefarious designs,” the army’s Srinagar based spokesman said in a statement.

Earlier, DGP SP Vaid said that five militants were trapped in the woods. “Encounter going on in Dooniwari forest area of Police Station Dangiwacha Sopore, report of the presence of 5 militants. Wish success to our boys,” Director of General of Police Vaid said on Twitter.

Meanwhile following the killing of four army soldiers including an officer, army rushed additional reinforcement of paratroops amid a massive search operation at Bakhtoor area of Gurez sector along the Line of Control (LoC) in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district.

A police officer a hunt has been launched soon after the stand-off between army and “infiltrators” at Bakhtoor area of Gurez on Tuesday morning which resulted into the killing of four army men including a major.

“Additional reinforcement of army’s para commandos was also rushed to the site and a search operation was launched in the entire area to track down the militant group hiding inside the dense woods,” he said.

The officer said that so far no militant body has been recovered from the area during the day-long searches on Wednesday.

Sources, however, said that army has used sniffer dogs and pressed helicopters into service to trace out the fleeing “infiltrators”.

 “Army has paid rich tributes to four of its comrades who made the supreme sacrifice during counter infiltration operations on Tuesday in Gurez sector in which two militants were eliminated,” army’s Srinagar based defence spokesperson Col Rajesh Kalia in a statement issued here.

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