Two Army Majors, top Al-Badr commander among 10 killed in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Oct 3 (UNI) A militant was killed by security forces in Pulwama district today, while two senior Army officers and nine militants were killed in north Kashmir overnight.

The encounter ensued after militants, hiding in different houses, attacked a patrol of the 34 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) at Tangmarg, in north Kashmir district of Baramulla yesterday afternoon, a defence ministry spokesman said.

Reinforcements were rushed to the area from nearby camps and the entire village was cordoned off, he said, adding militants were hiding in a number of houses. The civilians were taken to safer places before the final assault was launched against the militants.

In the clash, which was still on, a Major of 34 RR K P Vinay and three Al-Badr militants were killed. One of the slain militant has been identified as divisional commander of the Al-Badr.

He said three soldiers, including Major D R Raman, a resident of Channai, were wounded in the battle. Major Raman later died in the base hospital here, he said.

About the number of militants still trapped in the village, the spokesman said the exact number was not known.

He said when a search party entered to clear the area, they were again fired upon by militants hiding in a house. The exact number of slain militants would be known only after the operation was over, he said.

A police spokesman said an encounter took place between militants and security forces at litter Pulwama in south Kashmir early today.

In the encounter, an unidentified militant was killed and some arms and ammunition were also recovered from the encounter site, he said.


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