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4 forces’ personnel, 3 militants killed in Machil gunfight

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Srinagar: Four security forces personnel, including an Army officer, and three militants were killed during a “failed infiltration bid” by the militants along the Line of Control (LoC) in north Kashmir’s Machil sector on Sunday, officials said.

“The militants made an abortive bid during the night to infiltrate into the Indian side of the LoC in Machil sector in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district,” they added.

The infiltrators were challenged and three of them were killed, the officials said.

“However, three Army soldiers, including an officer, and a Border Security Force (BSF) jawan were also killed during the operation,” they added.

Meanwhile, Srinagar-based defence spokesperson Col Rajesh Kalia said at about 1 am, a BSF patrol noticed suspicious movement near the Anti-Infiltration Obstacle System (LoC fence), about 3.5 km from the LoC.

The BSF personnel challenged the infiltrators and a gunbattle ensued, in which a militant was killed, he said.

“A BSF soldier was killed in action (KIA) and the firefight stopped at 0400 hours,” Col Kalia said in a statement.

He said more troops were rushed to the area and the movement of the militants was tracked with the help of surveillance devices.

“Contact was re-established at 1020 hours when heavy fire was drawn by own search parties approximately 1.5 km from the LoC. In the ensuing firefight, two more terrorists were killed. Own troops suffered three KIA and two injured,” Col Kalia said.

He added that the injured soldiers have been evacuated.

The operation is in progress and further details are awaited, the spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, Lieutenant Governor (LG) Manoj Sinha has paid tributes to the security personnel who were killed during an encounter with militants in Machil sector of Kupwara district, an official spokesperson said.0

He said the LG saluted the “supreme sacrifice of the jawans and lauded the courage and valour displayed by them while protecting the integrity and sovereignty of the country.

“The nation will always remain indebted to brave hearts who have laid down their lives for providing safe and secure environment to our people,” LG added.

The LG offered his deepest condolences to the families of the martyrs and prayed for eternal peace to the departed souls.

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