Four soldiers, two militants killed in Gurez gunfight

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Gurez, Aug 7: At least four army soldiers including an officer were killed after army patrolling party and an infiltrating group of militants came face-to-face along LOC in Gurez Sector of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district.
The gunfight between army and infiltrators started at around 1 am on Tuesday and resulted in the killing of four soldiers. Reports said the encounter took place at Losar Nallah in Gurez sector of Bandipore district. The post that is closer to the spot of encounter is manned by personnel from 36-RR. Srinagar based Defense Spokesperson Colonel Rajesh Kalia said that two militants were also killed in the standoff.
Reports said that massive search operation was launched and reinforcement called in to track down the militants.
An official said that it was a group of 8 militants who attacked army patrolling party. Initial reports said that 4 soldiers including a Major were killed. Reports added that the bodies of two militants have been retrieved near the encounter site.
Another official said that 4 militants managed to cross other part of Kashmir after the exchange of fire. “Search operation is underway,” he said.
The slain soldiers have been identified as Major KP Rane, Hav Jamie Singh, Hav Vikramjeet, and Rfn Mandeep Singh.