Reyaz Rashid

Machil gunfight toll reaches 6

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Kupwara:In the ongoing gunfight along the Line of Control in Machil area of Kupwara district,
an Army officer and two troopers and a militant were killed taking death toll to six.
“In the fierce gunfight which broke out after the infiltration bid was foiled,one more militant was neutralized while in the process one officer identified as Lt. Aujla and 2 soldier of army, a BSF trooper were killed and one soldier got seriously injured ,” the sources said.
“The searches for 3rd militant are under progress,” they added.
The gunfight had ensued early Sunday morning when Border Security Forces intercepted a group of infiltrators in Machil area. A militant and a BSF soldier from 169 battalion, Constable Sarkar, were killed, Deputy Inspector General of BSF R Muthu Krishnan said, later, army joined the operation.
When contacted, Army’s Srinagar based spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia said while a militant was killed in the initial shoot out, further details are awaited. “The details will be shared as officially received,” he said.


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