Achabal encounter: Army captain killed


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Srinagar: An army captain was killed in an ongoing encounter with militants at Bidoora village in Achabal area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.

Official sources told that the army officer of captain rank namely Keetan Sharma of 19 RR sustained critical injuries during the gunfight at Bidoora, Aknigam.

A police officer also confirmed that the army captain was injured critically and was evacuated to nearby military hospital where he succumbed to injuries.

Earlier, three soldiers including an army major Rahul Verma suffered injuries during the gunfight.

Earlier, two bodies were spotted by the joint team of army’s 19 RR and SOG near the encounter site at Bidoora, Aknigam.

The officer said that two bodies were found by the joint team at the encounter site during search operation.

He said that investigations are underway to ascertain the identities of the slain.

He said that the fresh gunfight started amid the joint team was searching the area.

The encounter broke out after army’s 19 RR and SOG launched a cordon-and-search at Bidoora, Aknigam.

SSP Anantnag Altaf Khan had said that the cordon was laid following a specific information about the presence of some militants in the area. (GNS)

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