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Sikh rescued from militants injured in shootout

world Updated: Mar 02, 2010 16:21 IST

One of the two abducted Sikhs rescued during an army operation in Pakistan's Taliban-infested tribal belt was injured in a shootout between security forces and militants, according to the military.

Surjeet Singh and Gurvinder Singh, who were abducted for ransom by Taliban over 40 days ago in the tribal belt, were freed yesterday during an operation mounted by the army in an area located along the boundary of Khyber and Aurakzai tribal regions.

While Gurvinder was reunited with his family in Peshawar yesterday, Surjeet was admitted to a military hospital and underwent surgery for injuries sustained during the army operation.

Chief military spokesman Maj Gen Athar Abbas told the media that one of the Sikhs was injured during the military action, during which "several militants" were killed.

Ram Singh, the elder brother of Surjeet, said doctors at the Combined Military Hospital had conducted a successful operation and removed two bullets from his brother's body. He said his brother was in a stable condition.