Jammu and Kashmir: 9 soldiers injured, terrorist killed in encounter in Bandipora

The hiding terrorists fired upon the army and police which triggered an encounter.

Jammu and Kashmir: 9 soldiers injured, terrorist killed in encounter in Bandipora

A day after martyred soldiers of Kulgam encounter were laid to rest, at least 9 security personnel, including 5 Army jawans, have been injured in an encounter with terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir's Bandipora district. A terrorist was also killed.

The injured soldiers have been airlifted to an Army hospital in Srinagar; the condition of some soldiers is said to be critical. Officials said that the gunbattle between the security forces and terrorists is still on, and the number of injured security personnel could be more than nine.

Reports have said that the army and police launched a joint search operation early morning based on a tip-off about the presence of terrorists in a residential house.  The hiding terrorists fired upon them which triggered an encounter. In the initial shootout, five jawans and four policemen were injured.

NDTV quoted its sources as saying that after resorting to heavy firing, the terrorists tried to break the cordon. But they were trapped and one terrorist was killed in the encounter.

Earlier on Sunday, two jawans were killed in a 10-hour long encounter between terrorists and security personnel at Frisal village in Jammu and Kashmir's Kulgam district that started on Saturday night.

The security forces neutralised four terrorists - belonging to Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Taiba. Two civilians were also killed during and after the encounter, which led to massive protests in the area.