Army officer among three soldiers injured in Kupwara gunfight

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A commanding officer of army was among two soldiers injured in the ongoing gunfight in Manigah area of Haihama in North Kashmir’s Kupwara district.

A cop was also injured during the gunfight.

Official sources told Srinagar that army’s 41 RR and Para commandos had intercepted the group of Lashkar-e-Toiba militants last evening. The militants opened heavy fire triggering of a brief encounter at Behak forest area.

However, they said that the group had managed to escape again while taking advantage of darkness in the area last evening.

Today afternoon, the group was again intercepted by the Para-troopers and army’s 41 RR in the forest area.

The militant group opened indiscriminate fire upon the troops resulting in injuries to two soldiers including commanding officer of 41 RR identified as Santosh and a policeman of SOG.

The soldier was identified as Majloon Ahmad of TA 160 and was attached with army’s 41 RR, they said.

All the injured were immediately evacuated to military hospital here in Srinagar for specialized treatment, they said.

When reports last came in, the firefight was going on.

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