Kashmir: Army jawan killed during Batote encounter, 3 militants dead

Encounter broke out between the Armed forces and 5 militants. The militants held a civilian as hostage, who was later rescued. Army confirmed deaths of three militants and one jawan

Indian Army (Representative Image)
Indian Army (Representative Image)
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After several hours of the search operation in a village in northern Kashmir near Batote Highway, an encounter broke out between the Armed forces and five militants. The militants held a civilian as hostage, who was later rescued. The Army confirmed the deaths of three militants and one jawan.

The search operation was started after a hand grenade was hurled at the Quick Reaction Team (QRT) AT Dharmund village. The militants also opened fired at the QRT.

Reinforcements were sent immediately to the area to neutralise the terrorists. It is believed that the terrorists had come from Kishtwar region in Kashmir.

Two militants tried to stop a civilian vehicle at about 7.30 am near the area of Batote Highway, said Jammu based defence spokesperson Lt Col Devender Anand.

According to latest updates, the operation is over now and three militants have been neutralised and the hostage rescued. One Army jawan lost his life and two police officers got injured in the encounter.

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