Pulwama encounter : Major among four soldiers killed, two militants gunned down

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Kashmir Pulwama Terror Attack : Four soldiers, including a Major, and two militants were killed after an encounter broke out in Pinglena area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district on the intervening night of Sunday and Monday. The encounter is underway.

A cordon and search operation was launched jointly by J&K Police and security forces after receiving credible inputs about the presence of militants. The militants from inside the target house fired indiscriminately at the security forces as the search operation was going on.

In the initial exchange of fire, four Army soldiers and one civilian sustained critical gunshot injuries who were later rushed to the Army’s 92 Base Hospital in Srinagar. Four of the soldiers and the civilian, however, succumbed to injuries. The four Army men have been identified as Major Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal, Hawaldar Sheo Ram, Sepoy Hari Singh and Sepoy Ajay Kumar.

The attack from the militants was retaliated by the security forces leading to an encounter in which two militants were killed and their bodies have been retrieved from the encounter site. According to the police, the identity of the slain militants is being ascertained.

The encounter comes just days after a suicide bomber rammed an SUV laden with explosives into a bus, killing 40 CRPF jawans and injuring several others.

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