- Clashes with troops in Shopian, Kashmir.
- Troops kill three Lashkar-e-Taiba militants
- Fighting is reported to continue in Kheripora.
IG Vijayakumar said Mukhtar was a terrorist who escaped after killing a bihar street vendor. An army officer and four soldiers were killed in a clash between security forces and militants in the Punch district on Monday. Among the dead was a Malaysian soldier. The shooting took place in the Surankode area a few days ago during a search operation for some five armed terrorists who had infiltrated the country.
The troops retaliated when the terrorists opened fire on the troops conducting the search. The troops had launched a search operation in the early hours of the morning in villages near Dera Ki Gali in the Surankode area. The Times of India quoted Lt. Col. Devender Anand, a Jammu-based defense spokesman, as saying that the investigation was carried out following reports of about five militants in the area. The soldiers, who were seriously injured in the shooting, were rushed to a nearby primary hospital, but succumbed to their injuries.
Javan H., son of Beenakumari of Harikumar, in Shil Palayam (Madampally), Asan Mukil, Kudavattoor, Odanavattam, Kollam. The deceased have been identified as Vaishakh (24), Naib Subodar Jaswinder Singh, Jawan Mandeep Singh, Jawan Gajjan Singh and Jawan Saraj Singh, both from Uttar Pradesh. The Punjab government has announced a 50 lakh rupee grant to the families of three Punjab soldiers who died in Punch.
Terrorist attacks have increased in the Punch and Rajouri districts in the past nine months. On August 6, troops killed two Lashkar-e-Taiba militants in a clash in the village of Bhangai in Rajouri. On July 8, the army thwarted an infiltration attempt in the Sunderbani sector of Rajouri and killed two armed Pakistani militants. Two soldiers were killed in a shootout in the Dadal area of the same sector.
Last week, two teachers, including the headmistress of a women’s school in the Kashmir Valley, were shot dead by terrorists. The attack took place at Govt Boys Upper Secondary School in the Sangam Safa area of Srinagar. The attack took place during a meeting in the principal’s office.
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