Four soldiers killed in Pulwama during encounter between Indian security forces and militants: Report

Deferred Image : Army soldiers take positions during an encounter with the militants at Sirnoo in Pulwama district of south Kashmir.PTI

  • One army officer and four soldiers among killed.
  • A gunfight erupted facing off security personnel and up to three militants.
  • The overnight encounter took place 10 kilometres from site of Pulwama attack.
Less than 5 days after one of the deadliest militant attacks in Kashmir, an overnight encounter between Indian security forces and three militants in Pulwama, Kashmir has reportedly killed at least four army personnel.

Seven people, including an Indian Army major and two Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militants, were reportedly killed in a gunfight in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district.

Defence Ministry spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said: "One of the two slain JeM terrorists was a top commander and belonged to Pakistan."

According to an NDTV report, one army officer and three soldiers were killed during the encounter when terrorists opened fire on Indian security forces in Pulwama.

On Sunday night, a gunfight erupted facing off security personnel from the Rashtriya Rifles (RR), Special Operations Group (SOG) of the state police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and militants, after the former received a tip off that militants from Jaish-e-Muhammad were hiding there, IANS reported.

“As the cordon was tightened, the holed-up militants fired triggering the gunfight," IANS reported citing police sources.

As of Monday morning, a search operation was still underway at the site some 10 kilometres away from the spot where last week an SUV packed with explosives rammed into a bus carrying CRPF personnel, killing at least 45 Indian security personnel, in one of the worst militant attacks in the valley.


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