4 militants, Indian army capitan killed in gunfight in Kashmir

05:21, March 05, 2010      

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Five people including an Indian army captain and four militants were killed in a two-day fierce gunfight in Indian-controlled Kashmir, defense officials said Thursday.

The gunfight broke out early Wednesday morning in Dadsara Tral town, 37 km south of Srinagar city, the summer capital of India- controlled Kashmir, after Indian army, paramilitary troopers and police cordoned a locality on the specific information about presence of militants there. "Four militants were eliminated in the gunfight, however we also lost an officer of the rank of capitan in the standoff," said General-Officer-Commanding (GoC) of counter insurgency Victor Force at the encounter site.

Police officials said Wednesday two militants were killed in the gunbattle. "The operation was suspended for the night, however today two more militants were killed. The area is still under cordon and search would be carried out tomorrow underneath the debris," said a police officer.

Two houses are reported to have got damaged during the heavy exchange of fire and mortars. "The operation has concluded and it was believed that five to six militants were holed up in the area," the police official informed.

The slain militants have been identified as Hizbul Mujahideen ( HM) cadres.

HM is the the frontline indigenous militant outfit of Kashmir. On Feb. 23, four Indian army troopers including a capitan and two militants were killed at Chinkipora in Sopore, 50 km northwest of Srinagar city.

Source: Xinhua
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