Soldier killed in Pak firing; 2 militants gunned down in encounter


Srinagar, A soldier was killed in Pak firing in Machil sector of north Kashmir Kupwara district on Wednesday, while two unidentified militants were gunned down in an encounter with security forces in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.Army said the soldier was killed in Pak firing in the sector. “In retaliation fire assault with heavy weapons being directed on many Pakistani posts,” army said. The identity of the slain soldier could not be established immediately.There have been frequent ceasefire violations along the Line of Control in the Machil sector following the surgical strikes.On October 28, a soldier was killed and his body was mutilated and apparently beheaded, in an encounter close to the LoC in the sector. A militant was also killed in the gunfight that was followed by the ceasefire violation in the sector in which a BSF jawan was killed.Meanwhile, two unidentified militants were killed in a gunfight in Drusu Watergam in north Kashmir when joint team of Special Operation Group of J&K Police and army’s 22 Rashtriya Rifles battalion launched an operation.“The identity of the slain militants could not be established, but they are apparently foreigners,” Senior Superintendent of Police, Sopore, Harmeet Singh said.