Sol­dier dead in Pak fire in J&K; 2 Hizbul mil­i­tants gunned down

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - HT Cor­re­spon­dents

JAMMU/SRINAGAR: An In­dian Army sol­dier was killed on Satur­day in sniper fire by Pak­istani troops, while two BSF per­son­nel were in­jured in cross-bor­der fir­ing along the Line of Con­trol (LOC) in Ra­jouri district of Jammu and Kash­mir (J&K), of­fi­cials said.

Ri­fle­man Varun Kat­tal, 21, a res­i­dent of Mawa-ra­jpura area of Samba district of Jammu and Kash­mir, was shot dead by a sniper from across the bor­der in Sun­der­bani sec­tor, the of­fi­cials said. This was the sec­ond sniper at­tack along the LOC in two days. An Army porter lost his life in a sim­i­lar at­tack in Akhnoor sec­tor on Fri­day.

Two BSF per­son­nel man­ning a bor­der out­post in Sun­der­bani sec­tor were also in­jured in an ex­change of fire with Pak­istani troops this evening and were hos­pi­talised, the of­fi­cials said.

Mean­while, two Hizbul Mu­jahideen mil­i­tants were on Satur­day killed in an en­counter with se­cu­rity forces in Pul­wama district of Jammu and Kash­mir, less than 12 hours af­ter forces gunned down a Pak­istani mil­i­tant in Tral.

A cor­don-and-search op­er­a­tion was launched in the Tikken vil­lage of Pul­wama Satur­day morn­ing af­ter re­ceiv­ing spe­cific in­for­ma­tion about the pres­ence of mil­i­tants there, a po­lice spokesman said. He said as the forces were con­duct­ing the searches, the mil­i­tants opened fire on them. The forces re­tal­i­ated and in the en­su­ing en­counter, two mil­i­tants were killed, the spokesman said.

››FULL RE­PORTS, P7

IN­DIAN ARMY RI­FLE­MAN VARUN KAT­TAL, 21, WAS SHOT DEAD BY A PAK SNIPER FROM ACROSS THE BOR­DER

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