Indian army captain, trooper killed in gunfight in India-controlled Kashmir

16:11, May 05, 2010      

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An Indian Army officer of the rank of captain and a trooper were killed Wednesday in an ongoing gunfight in India-controlled Kashmir, defense officials said.

The gunfight started early Wednesday morning in Chattibandi area of Bandipora district, around 60 km north of Srinagar city, the summer capital of India-controlled Kashmir.

"The gunfight started early today after the Army launched an operation to flush out militants in the area. The contingent came under heavy firing from the side of militants, due to which an Army officer and a trooper got killed," said Lt. Col. J. S. Brar, the defense spokesman based in Srinagar.

The Indian Army has cordoned off the area and reinforcements have been rushed to the area to take on militants.

Defense officials maintain that the gunfight is underway in the area and further details are awaited.

Police and defense officials maintain that most of the times the operations triggering gunfights are carried out on prior information about presence of militants in specific areas.

The gun fighting between militants and Indian Army troops in India-controlled Kashmir takes place intermittently.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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