Srinagar, Nov 21: Two army soldiers were injured in an ongoing gunfight at Zurhama forests of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Tuesday.
A top police officer told news agency GNS that a joint team of Army’s 23 Para commandos,160 TA, SOG and CRPF cordoned off Gujarpati forest area in Zurhama following specific inputs about the presence of two to three militants in the area.
“As the joint team intensified the searches, the hiding militants opened fire, triggering an encounter. In the ensuing encounter, two soldiers were injured and were rushed to nearby Military Hospital for treatment”.
“As per our sources, the militant group of Lashkar-e-Toiba headed by Saifullah were moving towards LoC to receive a group of infiltrators,” the officer said.
Meanwhile, sources said that additional reinforcement of army’s 23 Raj Rifles has been rushed to the area and the operation has been suspended as darkness set in.
SSP Kupwara Shemsheer Hussain when contacted said only one soldier was injured so far in the fire fight. (GNS)