Five separatists, one soldier killed in Kashmir

Srinagar: Five separatist and one soldier were killed in killed in two separate incidents in Kashmir valley, security forces here stated.

Five separatist guerrillas have been killed in a three-day long gun battle in Kashmir, an official said today.

“Five terrorists have been killed in the (Zachaldara) Handwara gun battle that ended late yesterday night,” J.S. Brar, spokesman for the army’s Srinagar based 15th corps said.

“Three houses were destroyed in the gunfight between the security forces and the terrorists.

“The houses were used by the hiding terrorists as fortified bunkers from where they engaged the security forces in sustained automatic gunfire,” the spokesman said.

Four soldiers and a police constable were injured in the exchange of gunfire.
In the second incident, a soldier was killed and another injured when guerrillas fired at an army convoy in Jammu and Kashmir today, police said.

The attack, in the southern town of Pampore, took place when a “road opening party” of Rashtriya Rifles was at work.

The area was immediately cordoned off, and security forces launched a hunt for the assailants, the police official said

Soldiers sweep through roads to secure them ahead of army and VIP movement in the Kashmir Valley.


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