Kupwara Gunfight: Three more soldiers succumb, toll 13

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SRINAGAR — Three more soldiers, who were injured in a gunfight with militants in Kupwara woods, have succumbed to their wounds, taking the number of Army personnel killed in the operation to eight including a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO).

Besides the soldiers, five militants were also killed in the gunfight which sporadically continued for several days, reaching the peak on Sunday.

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Official sources said that while one soldier died on the spot, a number of others were injured in the fierce gunbattle in the woods. Four of the injured personnel including a JCO from elite para force succumbed to injuries on Sunday while three others lost the battle for life at the Army’s health facility today.

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On 4th day of the operation on Saturday evening, the Army had rushed elite 4-para troopers to Rangdoori, Gogaldara and Teen Behak area of Jumgund.

The operation was launched initially by Army’s 8 JAT after intercepting movement of a group of militants on Wednesday.

Besides, they said, the searches continued along Awaoora, Kumkadi, Zurhuma, Safawali, Batpora, Haihama areas by the joint team of Army’s 41 RR, 57 RR, 160 TA and SOG Kupwara.

UPDATE: Defence spokesman, Col Rajesh Kalia of 15 Corps has denied this news report by GNS as incorrect. “The news of 3 more soldiers injured in Keran operation having succumbed is incorrect,” he said.

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