Srinagar: An Army major and three soldiers were killed while foiling an infiltration bid in north Kashmir’s Gurez sector, officials said on Tuesday. At least two militants were killed in the operation, they added.
The encounter between the patrolling party of the Rashtriya Rifles and the infiltrating group took place at Govind Nallah in Gurez sector of Bandipore district.
Initial reports said a group of eight was trying to infiltrate into the country. Of them, four ran back to Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir, officials said.
Last week, five militants were killed in a counter-insurgency operation in Kilora village of South Kashmir’s Shopian district. A civilian died and two others were injured in Gunawpora in the same district when forces opened fire on protesters at the funeral of one of the slain militants.
The operation was launched on Friday night by the Army and the Special Operations Group of the police after they received information about the presence of militants in Kilora. In the initial exchange of fire, one of the militants died on Friday night. He was identified as a commander of the Lashkar-e-Taiba in Shopian.
Major Kaustubh Prakash Kumar Rane, Gnr Vikram Jeet Singh, Rifleman Hameer Singh and Rifleman Mandeep Singh Rawat.