One Army personnel martyred, 2 militants killed in ongoing operation

SRINAGAR: An Army personnel was martyred and two militants have been killed so far in an ongoing encounter at the forest area of north Kashmir's Bandipora district on Thursday.

The identity and group affiliation of the two militants is being ascertained, an official said.

The army personnel sustained serious bullet wounds during the operation. Later, he was immediately evacuated to a military hospital. However, he succumbed to his injuries.

"The operation was launched last week when the militants and the government forces exchanged brief gunfight in Raynar forests adjacent to Panar area. The operation with the help of additional reinforcement continued and entered on sixth straight day today," the officer said.

He said that during the period, intermittent firing was also reported in the area.

"Operation is still going on to trace out the other hiding militants," the officer added.

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