Four militants Killed, Para Commando Injured in ongoing Rafiabad Encounter

GOC compliments Kilo Force ,32 RR for Successful operation

Mir Arif

Baramulla 8 Aug (KNB): Four militants were killed and an army soldier was injured in an encounter in forests of Rafiabad in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Wednesday.

Sources told KNB that a joint team of army’s 32 RR and 9 PARA commandos launched a cordon-and-search operation in the forests of upper reaches of Rafiabad today wee hours after getting information about the presence of militants in the area.

A police officer also confirmed the cordon in the woods of Naldagi- the mountainous area which connects the Uri sector and said that the joint team of forces and a group of militants had a stand-off today early in the morning.

He said that the commando of army’s 9 PARA namely Naresh Chander Bhutt was injured in the initial gunfight and was immediately evacuated to nearby MI Room where from he was later airlifted to 92 base military hospital BB Cantt Srinagar.

He said that in the ongoing gunfight, four militants have been killed so far in the operation.“Their identity and group affiliation are being ascertained”.

Sources told KNB that militants Killed in the Encounter had recently infiltrated through Uri sector.

Army’s Srinagar based defence spokesperson Col Rajesh Kalia in a statement issued here said that an encounter which broke out today in the morning at Lidder, Panzalla area of Rafiabad is still going on.

The spokesman said that so far four militants were killed in the ongoing operation.

“Lt Gen AK Bhatt, GOC, Chinar Corps compliments Kilo Force, Special Forces (SF) and 32 RR soldiers for killing four militants in the ongoing operations in the forests of Rafiabad.(KNB)

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