03 soldiers dead in militant ambush in Kashmir

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Newspoint Bureau

Srinagar, December 17

Three soldiers were killed when militants ambushed an Army convoy at Pampore, about 10 km from here on Srinagar-Jammu national highway this afternoon.

We have lost three soldiers, a defence ministry spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia told UNI.

Col Kalia said militants attacked an Army convoy at main market Pampore in south Kashmir district of Pulwama with automatic weapons.

Three soldiers were killed in the attack, he said adding other details about the attack are being collected.

Eyewitnesses said there was heavy volume of fire when an Army convoy was passing the in he area. People ran for safety and Road Opening Party (ROP) also retaliated. Traffic on the highway was also disrupted after the attack.

Security forces immediately sealed the entire area and launched a massive search operation.

The attack in the Pulwama district came two days after some unidentified gunmen looted more than Rs 10 lakhs from a bank.

This was the fourth such attack on security force convoy on the highway this year.

In February this year militants attacked a security force convoy killing two personnel before entering into JKEDI building. Later in the 48 hours long gun battle an employee of the JKEDI Abdul Gani Mir, a gardener , three Army personnel, including a 22-year-old Captain Pawan Kumar of 10 PARA were killed. All the three militants, holed up in the building, which suffered extensive damage were killed.

On June 3 militants attacked a Border Security Force (BSF) vehicle killing three personnel and injuring six others on the highway.

Later on June 25, militants ambushed a CRPF convoy in which eight personnel, including an officer, were killed and 20 others were wounded.

Two militants were also gunned down in the encounter which followed ambushat Pampore on the highway.

However, on October 10, two militants, who had taken shelter in JKEDI building were killed by the security forces in about 60 hour long gun battle.

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