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4 soldiers including a Major killed in Pulwama gunfight

Srinagar: Four soldiers were killed in a gunfight in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district, police said on Monday. The Army personnel including a Major, who were killed in action during an encounter between terrorists and security forces, in Pinglan area of Pulwama district, belonged to 55 Rashtriya Rifles.

The soldiers killed have been identified as Major VS Dhoundiyal, Havaldar Sheo Ram, Sepoy Ajay Kumar and Sepoy Hari Singh.

A civilian was also reportedly killed but there was no confirmation so far.

The gunfight started late Sunday night after security forces, including the Rashtriya Rifles (RR), Special Operations Group (SOG) of the state police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), surrounded Pinglena village upon receiving a tip-off that Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM)militants were hiding in the area.

“As the cordon was tightened, the holed-up militants fired triggering the gunfight,” police sources said, adding that a search operation is ongoing at the site.

The gunfight comes days after 49 CRPF troopers were killed on February 14 after their convoy was targeted by a JeM suicide bomber on the Jammu-Srinagar highway in Pulwama.

According to the police sources, Sunday night’s gunfight site is some 10 km away from the suicide attack spot.

(With IANS inputs)

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