SRINAGAR A major was among four army soldiers killed along with two militants in a gunfight at Gurez in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district on Tuesday.
An army officer said that soldiers of 36 RR intercepted a group of infiltrators near Bakhtor area of Gurez along Line of Control.
As such the forces challenged the movement of infiltrators, they opened fire triggering off a gunfight, the officer said.
In ensuing gunfight, four army soldiers including an officer of Major Rank and two militants were killed in the operation, the officer said.
He identified the deceased soldiers as Major KP Rane, Hav Jamie Singh, Hav Vikramjeet and Rfn Mandeep.
The officer, however, said that the bodies of the militants are yet to be retrieved.
Army’s Srinagar based defence spokesperson Col Rajesh Kalia also confirmed the killing of four army soldiers including the officer and two militants.
“Infiltration bid foiled in Gurez sector. Two militants killed. In the operation, one officer and three soldiers lost their lives,” he said, adding that the operation in the area is in progress.
Meanwhile, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) has said a handful of its men inflicted heavy casualties on the Indian Army in a fierce gunfight at the Gurez.
Lashkar spokesperson Dr Abdullah Ghaznavi in a statement issued here to local news agencies said, Today, a fierce battle took place at Gurez between a handful of our mujahideen and thousands of Indian Army troops who despite being in massive numerical superiority resorted to heavy weaponry, artillery bombardment and support from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
Despite all this, our (cadres) inflicted heavy casualties on the Indian Army which itself has accepted that an officer of the rank of Major and 3 soldiers were killed, he said.
Ghaznavi said our post-battle assessment reports suggest that 12-16 Indian troops including 2 ranking officers were killed during the face off.
The Indian Army quickly retreated to its safe zones and resorted to use of heavy weaponry and artillery bombardment from the safety of its bases. The massive bombardment was ineffective as is usually the case. The complete details of the battle assessment report will be released later, the LeT spokesperson said.
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