Trooper, militant killed in gunfight near LoC

Trooper, militant killed in gunfight near LoC

An army man and a militant were killed in a brief encounter near the Line of Control (LoC) in the Keran sector of north Kashmir's Kupwara district on Wednesday.

Sources said soldiers of army's 9-Sikh Li were patrolling near the Chunkan Post in Keran sector when they came under heavy fire from militants around 1.45 pm. The armymen retaliated and in the exchange of fire, three soldiers sustained injuries, one of whom later succumbed to the injuries.

Defence spokesperson Colonel Rajesh Kalia said it was an infiltration bid, which was foiled by Indian troops. "One terrorist was killed in the operation, while one soldier was martyred and two others injured," he said.

The slain armyman has been identified as Sandeep Singh of 9-Sikh Li. Sources said additional reinforcements of army's paratroopers have been rushed to the spot and searches are underway.

The incident comes a day after three militants and a trooper were killed in two separate encounters in the same district.

Security forces have killed nearly 200 militants across the Valley this year. Out of these, over 80 were locals while 115 were foreign terrorists.

Of the 115 foreign terrorists, 66 terrorists were killed near the LoC (Line of Control) while infiltrating.

In the wake of the rising casualties, army sources said the militants from across the LoC are making desperate attempts to ensure maximum infiltration before the traditional routes wre closed by the snow.

"The army expects infiltration and the coming weeks will be tough from the security point of view. Terrorist infrastructure is in intact across the LoC, on the LoC and in the hinterland," they said.

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