SRINAGAR Three militants and a army commando were killed on Monday in an ongoing gunfight along the Line of Control (LoC) in Tanghdar area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, taking the death toll to five.
Two militants were already killed in the operation launched by army on Sunday.
Official sources said that a soldier of 4 PARA Commandos namely Lias Naik Sandeep Singh who was injured critically yesterday succumbed to injuries today in army’s 92 base hospital Badamibagh, Srinagar.
They said that in a fresh gunfight today, a soldier of 20 JAT suffered injuries and was taken to military hospital for treatment.
Army’s Srinagar based defence spokesperson in a statement issued here said that three more militants have been killed in the ongoing operation.
“Three more militants have been killed today as the Army foiled an infiltration attempt along the LoC in Tangdhar sector (in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district),” he said.
He said two militants were killed in the gun battle which began yesterday after alert troops noticed suspicious movement near the LoC. One soldier has been killed in the operation, the spokesman said, adding the operation is in progress.
Militants Killed In Bandipora Were Kashmir Residents: Hizb
Hizb-ul-Mujahideen militant outfit on Monday claimed that the five militants killed in a gunfight with the government forces in Sumlar forests of Bandipora were Kashmiris and not foreigners as claimed by the forces.
Quoting Hizb operational spokesperson Burhanuddin, news agency CNS reported that the five militants killed in the daylong gunfight on September 21 were locals.
It was a group comprising five members who got trapped in Sumlar area and were killed in a gunfight, said Burhanuddin.
He identified the slain as Hyder Ali from Brazul Kulgam, Muhammad Umar from Shopian, Muhammad Sidiq from Bandipora, Mawiya from Kangan and Usman from Lolab.