Officer Among 4 Soldiers Killed In Gun Battle With Militants Near LOC

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3 militants also Killed

Kupwara: Four Indian army and BSF soldiers, including an officer were killed in the ongoing gunfight along the Line of Control in Machil area of Kupwara district, in north Kashmir official sources said here on Sunday. The death toll has so far reached seven in the fierce gun battle as three militants were also killed, while two soldiers were injured.

“At about 0100h BSF patrol noticed suspicious movement near the Anti-Infiltration Obstacle System (AIOS) (LoC Fence), about 3.5 KM from the LoC. Firefight ensued in which one (militant) was killed. A BSF soldier was Killed in action (KIA). Firefight stopped at 0400h,” defence ministry spokesman based in Srinagar Colonel Rajesh Kalia said.

“More troops were rushed to the area. (militant) movement was tracked by surveillance devices.

Contact was re-established at 1020h when heavy fire was drawn by own search parties approximately 1.5 km from the LoC,” he said, adding, “In the ensuing firefight two more (militants) were killed. Own troops suffered three KIA and two injured. The Injured soldiers have been evacuated,” the spokesman added.

The operation is in progress and further details are awaited, the spokesman said.

Earlier, the army officer Lt. Aujla and 2 soldiers were killed and two other soldiers got seriously injured in around noon in the gunfight that ensued early Sunday morning when Border Security Forces intercepted a group of infiltrators in Machil area. A militant and a BSF soldier from 169 battalion, Constable Sarkar, were killed in the initial phase and later army joined the operation.

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