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J&K: Army Major among 4 soldiers killed in Pulwama encounter today

The encounter broke out in Pinglan area of Pulwama district in South Kashmir after the militants fired upon security forces. Fresh firing has started again.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Attack comes less than a week after 40 CRPF jawans were killed in Pulwama
  • Army, CRPF and SOG were carrying out a joint operation
  • Two Jaish militants are reportedly trapped

our soldiers, including a Major-rank officer, have been killed in an encounter in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir. The encounter took place in Pinglan (also spelt as Pinglena) village of Pulwama. Besides this, another jawan is said to be injured and a civilian has been killed in the gunbattle.

The encounter broke out on Monday morning in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district after the Pakistan-based outfit’s Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) militants fired upon security forces.

Two terrorists were cornered by security forces, news agency ANI reported. The terrorists were believed to have links with Adil Ahmad Dar, the JeM suicide bomber involved in the Pulwama terror attack that killed 40 CRPF jawans on February 14.

Reports said a joint team of Indian Army’s 55 Rashtriya Rifles, CRPF and Special Operation Group launched a cordon in the wee hours on Monday.

A police officer told India Today TV that the cordon was laid in the area following credible inputs about the presence of some militants.

As the joint operation team intensified the searches and fired some warning shots towards the suspected spot, the militants opened fire and a gunfight followed
During the course of the gunfight, four soldiers, including a Major were killed.

The Army officer is identified as Major DS Dondial. Other soldiers killed are Head Constable Save Ram, Sepoy Ajay Kumar and Sepoy Hari Singh. A civilian, Mushtaq Ahmad, was also killed in the gunfight.

 

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