November 2006 News

Soldier, seven guerrillas killed in Kashmir

15 November 2006
Indo-Asian News Service

Srinagar: An Indian soldier and seven guerrillas were killed in two separate incidents in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district Wednesday, police said.The bodies of four militants were found Wednesday morning in Sangran Patti village, 125 km from Srinagar, after a night of firing between security forces and guerrillas holed up inside a house. Police said members of the elite special operations group (SOG) had surrounded the village Tuesday acting on a tip off about the presence of guerrillas. 'As the SOG assisted by the army began house to house searches they came under fire from a house. The security forces returned the fire and engaged the militants. The troops blasted the house and this morning bodies of four militants were recovered from the debris,' a senior police official said.He said arms and ammunition, including four AK-47 rifles, were also recovered.In the second incident in Chervari village, 100 km from here, heavily armed guerrillas attacked an army patrol. While one soldier was killed instantly, four others, including an army major, were wounded. Three militants were shot dead in the exchange of fire that followed. The injured were evacuated to hospital and the village was surrounded by troops.


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