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Kashmir: One soldier, six militants dead in shootouts since Thursday

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:49 IST

Separate shootouts in north Kashmir since Thursday have seen the deaths of one soldier and six militants.

On Thursday, soldiers fired at a group of militants who were attempting to cross the Line of Control in Nowgam sector in Kupwara district. In the gun battle that followed, one soldier and four militants died, according to the Hindustan Times.

An army spokesperson said: "Four heavily armed terrorists were eliminated by the alert troops operating in the area. Bodies of these terrorists were recovered from the site along with four AK-47 Rifles, ammunition and other warlike stores."

Elsewhere, in the Tangmarg area of Baramulla district, two militants were shot dead after being corned by security forces. According to an official, the police and the Rashtriya Rifles launched a joint operation at about 6.30 am on Friday, having received information about the presence of militants in Khochipora village of Tangmarg.

"One soldier got minor injuries in the encounter which is still going on," said the official.

Earlier this week, three policemen were killed in Srinagar in two separate militant attacks, and two suspected militants of the Jaish-e-Mohammad were also gunned down.

According to the army, infiltration figures for 2016 touched 45 for the first four months.

First published: 28 May 2016, 8:06 IST