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Shopian: Major, jawan killed in Hizbul attack

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Last updated on: August 03, 2017 15:53 IST
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Major Kamlesh Pandey and Sepoy Tanzin Chhultim died in hospital.

IMAGE: A soldier takes position during the encounter with terrorists in Shopian, south Kashmir, on Thursday, August 3. All Photographs: Umar Ganie for

Two soldiers -- a major and a jawan -- were killed and another jawan was injured when terrorists opened fire on security forces in Shopian district, south Kashmir, on Thursday, August 3.

A cordon and search operation had been launched by the army in Zaipora, Shopian, on Wednesday night following intelligence inputs about the presence of terrorists in the area, a police officer said.

IMAGE: An army convoy proceeds towards the encounter site.

During the search operation, the terrorists fired upon the search party, injuring the three army personnel.

The injured were taken to the army's 92 base hospital in Srinagar, but Major Kamlesh Pandey and Sepoy Tanzin Chhultim's lives could not be saved.

The other jawan is undergoing treatment.

The Hizb-ul Mujahideen has claimed responsibility for the attack.

IMAGE: The cordon and search operation was launched on Wednesday evening.

IMAGE: Major Kamlesh Pandey, left, and Sepoy Tanzin Chhultim, right.

The Himachal Pradesh government has announced Rs 20 lakh compensation to kin of Sepoy Chhultim.

IMAGE: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti pays tribute to the slain soldiers at the wreath-laying ceremony in Srinagar on Thursday.
Photograph: ANI

IMAGE: The army's search operations in Zaipora continues.

Two terrorists were killed in a brief gunfight with security forces in Kulgam district, also in South Kashmir, on Wednesday night.

One of them was a Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist who was involved in a deadly attack on a bank cash van in May, a police official said.

Security forces launched a cordon and search operation at Gopalpora village in Kulgam district late on Wednesday night following information about presence of terrorists there, the official said.

He said in the ensuing gunfight, two local terrorists were killed.

They were identified as Aqib Hussain Itoo and Sohail Ahmad Rather.

The official said one of the terrorists was involved in an attack on a bank cash van in the district on May 1 this year which left five policemen and two bank guards dead.

He was also involved in the killing of a police constable in Yaripora area of Kulgam district last month.

The security forces have recovered two weapons from the site of the encounter, the official said, adding further details are awaited.

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