An Indian Army Major and a soldier were killed on Thursday in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district in an ambush by the Hizbul Mujahideen, which earlier lost two of its men to security forces in Kulgam district, officials said.

The Hizbul claimed responsibility for the attack on an Army patrol in Zaipora village which left Major Kamlesh Pandey, Sepoy Tanzin and Sepoy Kripal Singh injured. 

Sources confirmed that an Indian Army Major and his subordinate succumbed to their injuries during the ongoing encounter in Zoipura village, Shopian. 

The gunfight which erupted at around 2AM injured 3 army men fatally in Zoipura village of Shopian district.  

According to sources, three terrorists were believed to be holed up inside a residential building.

Earlier, during the encounter three army men including a major were seriously injured  as the area was cordoned off.

Yesterday in the late night, two militants of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) outfit were killed on by the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kulgam district.

Police said the militants were killed in an operation by the security forces in Gopalpora village in Kulgam district.

“Two weapons have been recovered from the slain militants,” a police officer said.

“One of the slain militants was involved in the murder of five policemen and two bank guards in Pombai village in Kulgam district on May 1,” the police officer added.

(With inputs from IANS…)

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