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Seven terrorists, 1 jawan killed in J&K encounter

According to Army spokesperson the first encounter started early on Wednesday morning in which a group of four terrorists were eliminated, reports Tejinder Singh Sodhi.

india Updated: Nov 15, 2006 16:59 IST

Seven terrorists and an army soldier were killed in two different encounters in Kupwara district of north Kashmir on Wednesday morning.

According to the spokesman of 15 corps of Indian Army Colonel Hemant Juneja, the first encounter started early on Wednesday morning in which a group of four terrorists were eliminated by the security forces in the Warsun village of Kupwara.

"On specific information that a group of terrorists was present in the area, our team launched the operation late on Tuesday night and followed it to a house at the outskirts of the village," said the Army Spokesman.

Adding he said, "Soon after we cordoned off the area and asked the terrorists to surrender, but they started firing towards our jawans. We retaliated and in the crossfire the house in which they were hiding also got damaged.

After the firing stopped, our troops launched search operation in which four dead bodies of the terrorists along with a huge cache of arms and ammunition was recovered."

In another incident army gunned down three more terrorists in the Gulgam forests of Kupwara, an army jawan also lost his life in the gunfire and two others were seriously injured.

"As the second encounter started in the open area of the forests, one of our jawan died on the spot where as two others received bullet injures. But the army successfully eliminated three terrorists there.

We have so far recovered three dead bodies of the terrorists from the area with a large amount of arms and ammunition. The figure of killed terrorists is expected to increase as the search operation is still going on," said Col Hemanat Juneja.

Two injured soldiers have been admitted to the army hospital where their condition is stated to be critical.

However, the identity and the group affiliation of the dead terrorists are not known yet.

First Published: Nov 15, 2006 16:59 IST