One soldier and nine militants have been killed in separate clashes in northern district Kupwara today.
Defence spokesperson Lt Col AK Mathur said that a fierce clash erupted between militants and security forces in Gulgam forests, when the later raided a militant hideout in the area on Wednesday morning. He said that the clash lasted till afternoon in which three militants were killed. He said that one soldier was also killed and two other jawans injured in the encounter.
Police sources said that one soldiers was killed amd four others including a Major were injured in the encounter. The identity of militants was yet to be ascertained, sources said.
Four other militants were killed in a separate nightlong clash with troops at Warson village in Girbar woods of near Kralpora in the same district. Defence spokesperson said that the clash occured when troops laid a siege around the village following information about the presence of militants in the area, late on Tuesday night.
A Lashkar-e-Toiba militants was killed in yet another clsh with troops at Uchar near Magam in Handwara belt of Kupwara district. Police identified him as Zubair Bhai, a Pakistani cadre of the Lashkar.
The violence has witnessed a sudden surge with the resumption of foreign secretary level talks between India and Pakistan in New Delhi on Tuesday. The capital Srinagar was rocked by a car blast outside a CRPF formation at Karan Nagar on Tuesday, causing injuries to 17 persons, seven of them security personnel. Militants also targeted a convoy of army at Baramullah on Tuesday by exploding an IED. Four soldiers, one of them an officer, and nine civilians were injured in the attack.