J&K: Army Captain, jawan killed in encounter

A Captain was among two Army personnel killed in a gunbattle with militants in north Kashmir.

Updated: May 05, 2010, 14:50 PM IST

Srinagar: Two Army personnel, including a
Captain, were Wednesday killed in a gunbattle with suspected
Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants in Bandipora district of north
Kashmir, officials said.

Security forces launched a cordon and search operation
based on specific inputs about the presence of militants last

The search party was fired upon by the militants at
village Chattibandi, 60 kms from here, defence officials said.

The security men retaliated and in the ensuing
gunbattle Captain Joginder Raj and Rifleman Uttam Singh were

The duo were immediately evacuated to army hospital
where they succumbed to their injuries early today, they said.

The search operation was launched in the village to
flush out two LeT militants - Abu Zarar and Abu Musa.

Both the militants are believed to have escaped taking
advantage of darkness during the gunfight which continued
intermittently throughout the night, they said, adding the
operation was called off around 11 AM today after nearly 15
hours of search.