Army officer, guerrilla commander killed in Kashmir

March 16th, 2008 - 10:47 pm ICT by admin  

Srinagar, March 16 (IANS) A senior Indian Army officer, a trooper and a top guerrilla commander were killed and two others were wounded in a day-long fierce gunfight in a Jammu and Kashmir town Sunday. A senior police officer said security forces surrounded a house in the Chatloora locality of north Kashmir’s Sopore town, 50 km from here, on specific information about presence of a top Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander.

“As the troops of 22 Rashtriya Rifles (RR), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Special Operations Froup (SOG) were busy in house to house searches, the LeT militant opened heavy fire at the security forces. The fire was returned, and a fierce gunfight ensued,” the officer said.

“In the heavy firing Lt. Col. Kadam of 22 Rashtriya Rifles and a trooper were killed on the spot,” the officer told IANS here.

“A CRPF trooper and a special police officer were wounded during the day-long gunfight and were taken to hospital for treatment”.

Later, security forces gunned down the holed-up militant while he was trying to flee. One house was destroyed during the gun battle, the police said.

Militants also threw a hand grenade at the house of an opposition National Conference (NC) municipal councillor at Bandipore, 54 km from here in north Kashmir.

However, the grenade missed the target and exploded on the road outside the house.

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