India / Army Major Killed in Anantnag Encounter, 2 Militants Gunned Down

The Quint : Jun 17, 2019, 08:24 PM

An Army Major was killed while another officer and two troopers were injured in an encounter with militants in south Kashmir’s Anantnag on Monday, 17 June, officials cited by PTI said.

Two militants have also reportedly been killed in the gunfight.

Officials said the encounter took place in the Achabal area in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir.

A Major-rank officer has been killed while another officer of the same rank and two soldiers have been injured, they said.

The injured have been rushed to the 92 base hospital of the Army in Srinagar, they added.

The encounter broke out when the security forces – personnel of the Rashtriya Rifles and Special Operations Group of state police – acting on credible inputs about the presence of militants in the Achabal area of the south Kashmir district, launched a cordon-and-search operation in the area this morning.

The search operation turned into an encounter after the militants fired on the forces, who retaliated.

According to IANS, the bodies of the slain militants have been recovered and their identities are being ascertained, the police added.