3 Soldiers Killed In Kupwara31 July 2011
Srinagar: Three Army soldiers were killed and two others injured in a fierce gun-battle with militants near the Line of Control in Kupwara district last night, official sources said here. Soldiers of 19 Rajput Rifles of the Army noticed movement of heavily-armed militants near Temple Post at Furkian Gali near LoC late last evening, the sources said. They said the militants were challenged by the soldiers but the ultras opened firing, leading to heavy exchange of firing between the two sides. Two soldiers died on the spot while three others were injured, the sources said, adding one of the injured soldier succumbed to injuries at 92 Base Hospital at Badamibagh cantonment here. The sources said the militants have managed to break free from the army cordon and might have slipped back across the LoC to Pakistan-administered Kashmir. However, the army said the operation was still in progress. “We have foiled yet another bid by militants to infiltrate into this side of LoC from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, our three soldiers died. Operation is still on in the area,” Srinagar based Defence spokesman told Greater Kashmir. This is the second infiltration bid from across the LoC in the last three days. An infiltration bid was foiled on July 27 when foreign ministers of India and Pakistan were holding talks in New Delhi. A JCO was killed and two jawans injured in that operation.