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2 gunbattles rock Valley, 6 militants killed

nation Updated: May 28, 2016 07:15 IST

SRINAGAR: A soldier and six militants have died in two separate gunfights in north Kashmir since Thursday.

A gun battle broke out on Thursday near the Line of Control in north Kashmir’s Nowgam sector in Kupwara district when a group of militants attempted to infiltrate into the Indian side. A soldier and four militants died in the encounter.

“Four heavily armed terrorists were eliminated by the alert troops operating in the area. Bodies of these terrorists were recovered from the site along with four AK-47 Rifles, ammunition and other warlike stores,” an army spokesperson said.

In Tangmarg area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, two militants were gunned down after security forces cordoned off a village to corner them.

An official said police and the army’s Rashtriya Rifles launched a joint operation around 6:30am on Friday after receiving information about militants being present in Khochipora village of Tangmarg.

A soldier was wounded in the action. Reports said that security forces blasted through the house using explosives, though Joshi refused to comment on it.

“One soldier got minor injuries in the encounter which is still going on,” he said.

The encounters come days after three policemen were killed in Srinagar in two separate militant attacks. Two suspected militants of the banned outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad were also gunned down in a gun battle with security forces on Monday.

Such has been the spate of conflicts that the chief of the army’s Northern Command raised concerns over the recent militant attacks in Srinagar, voicing fears that Jammu and Kashmir could be set for a tumultuous summer.

According to the army, infiltration figures for 2016 touched 45 for the first four months, a sharp spike from the 35 terrorists who crossed the Line of Control in 2015.

First Published: May 28, 2016 07:15 IST