Two terrorists and one jawan were killed in a gunfight between security forces and terrorists in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district on Friday. A joint team of army and police conducted anti-terror operations in Bandipora and Sopore districts.
According to police, after they got the information of militant presence, the troops of the 13 Rashtriya Rifles and special operations group (SOG) surrounded Manzpora village at night.
A senior police officer said, “With the break of dawn, the flushing out operation was started when the hiding militants opened indiscriminate fire causing critical injuries to a soldier, who later succumbed.”
Gunfight has stopped but the combing operation is going on.
Earlier this week, Pakistani troops allegedly killing three Indian soldiers and mutilated one of the bodies.
India in retaliation carried out a counter-attack using mortars on Pakistani army posts along the Line of Control. According to Pakistani media, Indian firing killed at least 10 people and injured 14 in the Pakistan occupied Kashmir. Pakistani military alleged India fired mortar which hit a bus and killed 11 civilians.
Ban Ki-moon is concerned over the situation
The deteriorating situation along the Line of Control concerned the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. He has called for a restoration of stability in the province.
A United Nations statement said, “The secretary-general is deeply concerned about the deterioration of the situation along the Line of Control in Kashmir in recent days.”
The statement added, “He calls on all involved to prioritize the restoration of calm and stability in order to prevent any further escalation and loss of life.” It said that Ban Ki-moon had trust on India and Pakistan and they could find common ground to solve the matter.
The statement assured, “UN stands by the people of the region and supports all efforts to reach durable peace and security.
After India conducted surgical strikes Pakistan has violated numerous ceasefire across the border. Since then 17 Indian soldiers including paramilitary personnel have been killed in the cross-border firing.
This week, 12 people including three Pakistani soldiers were killed in alleged Indian cross-border firing. On October 28, terrorists mutilated two Indian soldiers’ bodies. They manage to escape into the PoK with the help of Pakistani Army’s protective firing.
Pakistan has denied the charges as “false” and “baseless” that its troops were responsible for the mutilation.