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Baramulla: BSF soldier killed, militants may have escaped as gunfight ends

A gun battle between security forces and militants that killed a paramilitary soldier and wounded another ended on Monday morning, police sources said on Monday.

India's Pakistan offensive Updated: Oct 03, 2016 10:42 IST
Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers take up positions at an outpost along a fence at the India-Pakistan border in RS Pora south-west of Jammu on October 2, 2016.
Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers take up positions at an outpost along a fence at the India-Pakistan border in RS Pora south-west of Jammu on October 2, 2016.(AFP)

A gun battle between security forces and militants that killed a paramilitary soldier and wounded another ended on Monday morning, police sources said.

Contrary to reports, forces did not find the bodies of the militants, the sources said. Search and combing operations were, however, underway.

Baramulla superintendent of police Imtiyaz Hussein told Reuters: “They (militants) fled under the cover of darkness.”

At least six militants attacked the paramilitary camp in northern Kashmir on Sunday night, two weeks after a similar attack killed 19 soldiers and ratcheted up tensions between India and Pakistan.

Union home minister Rajnath Singh took stock of the situation with national security advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval in the wake of Sunday’s attack, which came three days after the army said it had carried out a “surgical strike” on militant bases across the Line of Control, the de-facto border with Pakistan.

The assault on the 46 Rashtriya Rifles camp in Janbazpora on the outskirts of Baramulla city, 54km from capital Srinagar, started around 10:30 pm.

The attackers tried to enter through a public park near the camp, but were stopped. They then took positions on the banks of the Jhelum river, police said.

During the firing, two BSF jawans were injured and rushed to a nearby hospital, officials said. One of them succumbed to his injuries on the operation table.

Personnel of the border guarding force, BSF, which is under the operational command of the army in the area, stay in the camp along with soldiers.

(with inputs from HTC in Delhi)