Two Indian Army soldiers and two militants were killed on Wednesday in a gunfight in Jammu and Kashmir’s Bandipora district.
The gun battle between the security forces and the terrorists took place in Hajin, defence ministry spokesperson Colonel Rajesh Kalia said.
Police sources said at least one more soldier was also injured in the encounter in Paribal village.
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The gun battle erupted as the security forces surrounded the village early on Wednesday following specific inputs about the militants’ presence inside a house.
The hiding militants triggered the encounter as they fired at the security forces approaching the house. Two militants were immediately killed.
“Three soldiers sustained injuries, two of whom were critical and later succumbed,” the police sources said.
Meanwhile ANI reported helicopter crash caused death soldiers was not given proper last respects.
There has been a 42 per cent rise in militancy-related deaths in Jammu and Kashmir since the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government came to power in May 2014, compared with the last three years of the second term of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA-II).
The number of security personnel killed in militant attacks has increased 72 per cent from 111 in the last three years of UPA-II to 191 in the BJP's first three years, according to data compiled by the South Asia Terrorism Portal (SATP).