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Odishatv Bureau

Srinagar: Four terrorists were killed and an army officer injured in a fierce gunfight between security forces and holed up terrorists on Sunday in Jammu & Kashmir's Kulgam district.

Police said four terrorists have been killed in the encounter between holed up terrorists and the security forces in Guddar village of Kulgam district.

"An army officer sustained injury in the operation. He has been shifted to hospital for treatment.

"Exact identities of the slain terrorists are being ascertained. One of them has so far been identified as a local", police said.

After receiving specific information about a group of terrorists hiding in Guddar village, security forces including the Rashtriya Rifles (RR), special operations group (SOG) of local police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) had launched a cordon and search operation in the village in Kulgam district.

As the security forces closed in on the hiding terrorists, they came under heavy automatic gunfire after which an encounter broke out which has now ended, but searches are still going on in the area, police said.

Earlier this month, five Indian Army special forces soldiers and five terrorists were killed in a gunfight on the Line of Control. The Indian Army had launched Operation Randori Behak in Keran sector, at the Line of Control and engaged Pakistan-supported infiltrators in a close quarters battle in heavy snow, neutralising the entire infiltrating batch of five terrorists.

Four soldiers under the command of a Junior Commissioned Officer from one of the most professional Para Special Forces units were heli-dropped near the LoC after information on the infiltrators was received.

However, the Army lost five of its best soldiers, three on the site and two more succumbed while they were airlifted to a nearby military hospital.

The Indian Army Special Forces squad was led by Subedar Sanjeev Kumar and included Havildar Davendra Singh, Paratrooper Bal Krishan, Paratrooper Amit Kumar and Paratrooper Chhatrapal Singh. All of them were killed in action.


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