One soldier killed, 2 injured as Kupwara encounter continues


Kupwara: One soldier was killed and two other Para commandos of the Indian Army have been injured in a fierce gunbattle which ensued between the Pakistani militants and the security forces since last night in the Tangdhar sector of the Kupwara district.

The militants were trying to cross over to the Indian side on Saturday night when they were spotted by the Indian troops and asked to surrender. The militants opened fire and a gun battle ensued between the Army and the militants which is continuing till now. The killed soldier belonged to the Territorial Army and the other two have been hospitalized with mild injuries.

According to an Army officer, “One jawan made the supreme sacrifice while two others were injured in the operation against militants in Tangdhar sector of Kupwara district.”

The area has also been used in the past by the militants to infiltrate the border. The incident comes a few days after LeT terrorist Usman alias Naveed was arrested by the security forces while he was attacking a BSF convoy in Udhampur in which two BSF jawans were killed.