Colonel, 2 soldiers killed in J&K gunbattle
Four other jawans and a civilian are also reported to have been been injured in the clash, reports Rashid Ahmad.india Updated: Dec 23, 2006 18:10 IST
Commanding officer of Army's 29-RR, Colonel GS Sarna and two soldiers have been killed in a fierce gunfight with terrorists at Bahrampora near Kreeri in Pattan quarter of Baramullah district on Saturday.
Four other jawans and a civilians are also reported to have been injured in the clash, which was still going on, sources said. Reinforcement has been summoned to the village, who have laid tight siege around the village to plug the escape routes. Sources said four Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists including district commander Abu Tahir are trapped inside the village.
A separate encounter was going on between terrorists and security forces at Dangerpora near Sopore also.
Police sources said that the troops of Army's 29-RR launched a search and combing operation, on specific information, at Bahrampora Tilgam village in Pattan early on Saturday morning. They said that the troops came under heavy firing from terrorists when they entered the house of one Mohammad Maqbool.
"Several soldiers including Col Sarna, who was leading the operation, were hit by the barraging bullets," said sources. They said that at least three soldiers including the commanding officer later succumbed to injuries. The identity of other slain soldiers could not be known immediately, sources said. They said that four or five other soldiers are reported to be injured. The condition of two of them is stated to be critical. The house-owner Maqbool was also injured in the encounter.
An official spokesperson said that troops of Army's 22-RR and special operation group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir Police have launched an operation against terrorists at Dangerpora near Sopore as well. "A gunbattle is going on between terrorists and security forces in the village. More details are awaited," said the spokesperson.
Earlier two civilians were killed during a clash between terrorists and Army at Sopore on Friday.
Police arrested senior JKLF leader Javaid Ahmad Mir and four other activists of the Front during a protest demonstration in Srinagar. The JKLF activists were protesting against the killing of two civilians at Sopore.