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Kashmir | Army Major, 3 soldiers killed while foiling infiltration bid

Deceased are Major KP Rane, hawaldars Jamie Singh and Vikramjeet and rifleman Mandeep; at least two militants gunned down

SNS | Jammu |

An Army major and three soldiers were killed while trying to foil an infiltration bid in Gurez sector of north Kashmir, about 125 km from Srinagar.

The martyred soldiers are Major K P Rane, hawaldars Jamie Singh and Vikramjeet and rifleman Mandeep. A further confirmation from the Army in this regards is awaited.

The encounter between a patrolling party of the Army and the infiltrating group took place at Govind Nallah in Gurez sector of Bandipore district.

Army spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said the operation was still on. Reinforcements have been rushed to the site.

According to initial reports, a group of eight people was trying to infiltrate into the Indian territory breaching the barbed fences. The officials said the bodies of the two militants could be seen from a distance, adding that two more were believed to have been killed. They said four others ran back to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.