Soldier, militant killed in north Kashmir gunfight

April 3rd, 2009 - 8:58 pm ICT by IANS  

Srinagar, April 3 (IANS) A soldier and a militant were killed in a gunfight in Kupwara district in north Kashmir Friday, a police official said.
A joint team of army troops and police jointly surrounded Zoni Reshi Chopan village in the district, 110 km from here, on a specific information about presence of militants there.

According to the official, the holed-up militants fired at the security forces during the search operations, forcing the army-police team to retaliate. A soldier was killed in the initial firing while the body of a militant has also been recovered from the site so far, he said.

The area was still cordoned-off by the security forces, who were searching it, the official added.

Last month, the army had killed 17 militants after intercepting a group of infiltrators and a “reception party” of the Lashkar-e-Taiba outfit in the Shamsbari mountain range in the district.

Troops are still busy searching the area for “any remnants of the group”, a defence spokesman here said.

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