Two soldiers martyred, five terrorists killed in Kupwara

Srinagar: In yet another major blow to the terror outfits, the security forces killed five terrorists in an overnight encounter in Kupwara. Two Army soldiers have also attained martyrdom while two suffered injuries during an intense gunfight.

The operation was launched by Army and JKP yesterday in Zonreshi Village, Chowkibal of Kupwara District in North Kashmir on information of presence of some terrorists in the village.

As the Army commenced the search of a suspect house, it drew heavy volume of fire and grenades from terrorists hiding in the house. Despite the disadvantage of being fired upon by terrorists from the upper floor of the house, the soldiers immediately retaliated the fire. As the soldiers engaged the terrorists, additional reinforcement effectively cordoned off the house to prevent escape of the terrorists. The operation which continued overnight has resulted in elimination of five terrorists.

The Army also lost two of its gallant soldiers who were the leading scouts and despite bearing the brunt of the initial volley of fire, stood their ground for each other and the rest of the search team thus facilitating elimination of all five terrorists. Two soldiers were also injured in the operation who have been evacuated for medical attention and are stable.

Five AK 47 Rifles besides a huge quantity of ammunition and other war like stores have been recovered from the site. Search was continuing at the time of filing this report.

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