2 Militants Die, Indian Army Soldier killed In Bandipora Operation
Srinagar: At least two militants died while as one Indian army soldier was killed during an encounter in Bandipora district on Thursday morning, defence spokesperson said in a one-line statement issued to media.
A a massive hunt for other suspected militants believed to taking refuge in the dense forest area in the district has been launched.
Srinagar based defence spokesperson said that one Indian army soldier, who sustained a bullet injury during the cross-firing, succumbed to death.
According to reports, the Indian army, J&K police and CRPF began the operation following a tip-off regarding the presence of suspected militants in the dense Panar forest area adjoining the Bandipora district.
The encounter is still on and a massive combing and search operation has been launched to nab the remaining militants.
The killing of two militants and an Indian army soldier comes hours before Home Ministry of India in New Delhi holds a review meet to decide whether or not to extend time period for suspension of anti-militancy operations in plains of Kashmir. The government of India (GoI) had decided to halt counter insurgency operations before the start of holy Ramazan in Kashmir.
The operation comes a day after at least four Border Security Force (BSF) personnel were killed their lives and three others sustained injuries in an alleged cross-border ceasefire violation in Chambliyal sector of Samba in the wee hours of Wednesday.
However, later in the evening the rival armies of India and Pakistan met and agreed to maintain peace along the Jammu border.
This is a developing story.