Machhil gunfight: Soldier succumbs, Militant killed in an ongoing operation

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army seMachhil gunfight: Soldier succumbs, Militant killed in an ongoing operation

Para-commandos, choppers pressed into service to locate the hiding militants

Jehangir Lolabi

Srinagar, June 15 (GNS): A soldier who was injured last evening succumbed to injuries while as an unidentified militant has been killed in an encounter at Machhil sector in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.

The encounter broke out yesterday morning after the soldiers of 56 RR who were manning the Line of Control (LoC) intercepted a militant group believed to be infiltrators at Katwara forest area near Jet Gali, some 4 kilometers away from the fence, in Machhil sector Tuesday morning, a senior police officer told news agency GNS.

After being challenged, the suspected militants opened fire on the forces triggering off an encounter, he said.

“In the day long gunfight yesterday, five soldiers have sustained injuries and has been immediately airlifted to army’s 92 base hospital for treatment”, he said.

Signalman Ajay Choudhary one among the five inured later succumbed to injuries and one more Sepoy Lakashman Das according to official sources is in critical conditions as he sustained bullet injuries in his chest.

“Soon after the gunfight broke out, the additional reinforcement of para-troopers has been rushed to the area and joined the operation”.

Today in the morning when the joint team of para-commandos and 56 RR launched the search operation and recovered a militant body from the spot, he said, adding that the operation has been launched to track down the militant group.

Meanwhile, official sources said that besides para-commandos army used sniffer dogs and choppers into service to locate the other members of the group who are believed to be hiding inside the dense bushes.

When reports last came in, the search operation in the area is still going on. (GNS)