Army commando injured in J&K forest gunfight

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Srinagar, Aug 8 (IANS) A para commando of the Indian Army was injured on Wednesday during an ongoing gunfight in the forests of Rafiabad in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district, police said, adding that five militants are trapped in the area.

Defence Ministry officials said the para commando was injured in the gunfight in Dooniwari forest and was evacuated to hospital for treatment.

“Encounter going on in Dooniwari forest area of Police Station Dangiwacha Sopore, report of presence of 5 terrorists. Wish success to our boys,” state police chief S.P. Vaid said on his Twitter page.

Following specific information about the militants, the army started a cordon and search operation. The hiding militants fired at the forces, triggering the encounter, a police source said.

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The encounter is going on, the source said, adding that these militants could have infiltrated into the hinterland from across the Line of Control (LoC).

–IANS

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