3 Militants, Soldier Killed In Bandipore  

SRINAGAR — Three militants and an army soldier were killed in an encounter at Danna, a forest area in north Kashmir’s Bandipore district, officials said on Saturday.

Army’s Srinagar based defence spokesperson Col Rajesh Kalia in a statement said that three militants were killed in the operation at Danna forests.

He said that the bodies of the slain militants along with as many weapons and other like stores were recovered. He further said that the operation concluded on Saturday late in the afternoon.  

A local news agency said that a joint team of army’s 31 RR and 27 RR launched a cordon-and-search operation in the woods of Chaan Daji and Dani Behak area a week ago.

On Friday afternoon, a gunfight ensued after a joint team of forces had a standoff with the militants at Danna forests, they said.

“An army soldier Rifleman Shiv Kumar of 31 RR was also injured today in the morning and was evacuated to 92 base military hospital where he succumbed to injuries,” they said.

Two army soldiers had suffered injuries during the initial phase of gunfight yesterday and have been hospitalized, they

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