3 Soldiers Killed On Way To South Kashmir Encounter Site

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Srinagar- Three army men were killed and five others injured on Thursday when the vehicle carrying them towards the gunfight spot in south Kashmir’s Shopian district overturned.

According to a defence spokesperson, the vehicle carrying soldiers towards the encounter site Badigam village in Zainapora overturned near Kanipora leaving eight army personnel injured.

All the injured, he said, were shifted to District Hospital Shopian, where two among them were declared dead.

“One soldier had received minor injuries and was discharged from District Hospital. The five other injured soldiers were evacuated to 92 Base Hospital, Srinagar, where in the third soldier also succumbed to his injuries. Four soldiers are presently at the 92 Base Hospital and are being treated,” he said.

The spokesperson said that owing to the wet road conditions, the driver seemingly lost control over the vehicle and it skidded off the road.

He also denied that the cause of accident was stone pelting, as claimed by some users on social media.

“It has already been clarified by the JKP that information shared on social media, that the accident was caused by a stone pelting incident in the area, is false. Rumours may be avoided and peace be maintained,” the spokesperson added.

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