4 LeT terrorists shot; 3 jawans die in accident

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    SRINAGAR: Four Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists were shot in a cordon-and-search operation by security forces in J&K’s Shopian on Thursday before a road accident involving a vehicle ferrying reinforcements to the encounter site inflicted three casualties on the Army too.
    The deceased – Subedar Shri Om, Havildar Ram Avtar, and sepoy Pawan Gautam — were part of a 44 Rashtriya Rifles team headed from their Chowgam Camp to Badigam village in Zainapora when the Tata Sumo they were in skidded off the road near Kanipora and overturned, a police spokesperson said.
    Two of the injured survivors in the accident were shifted to the 92 Base Army Hospital in Srinagar.
    The gunfight between security forces and a group of Lashkar terrorists holed up in Badigam had started in the morning and continued in bursts through the day. While two terrorists were killed in the initial round of action, the rest kept the advancing forces at bay with intermittent firing, officials said.
    Two more terrorists were gunned down subsequently as the joint team of the police, Army and CRPF braved a volley of gunfire to cover further ground, officials said. The operation was underway till late evening.
    “4 LeT terrorists neutralized in today’s encounter. They were active in Shopian and adjacent areas of Pulwama. They were involved in terror crimes, including attacks on migrant laborers,” said IGP Vijay Kumar. “A hunt for their associates, including Aijaz of Pulwama, is on. They will be neutralized soon.”
    Rumors floating on social media suggested that reinforcements sent to the encounter site had come under attack from stone-pelting protesters, resulting in injuries to some soldiers. Shopian district police clarified on Twitter that three soldiers were killed in a road accident rather than any such attack.

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