Soldier injured in brief exchange of fire in Tral forests, succumbs in military hospital

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Srinagar: A soldier who was injured in a brief encounter at Laam forest area of Tral in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district Tuesday morning, succumbed to injuries in a military hospital here.

An army officer told GNS that Sepoy Ajay Kumar of 42 RR sustained serious bullet wounds in the gunfight. He was immediately evacuated to 92 base hospital Badamibagh where he succumbed.

Earlier, a gunfight broke out between the militants and the joint team of army’s 42 RR, SOG and CRPF after they launched a cordon and search operation at Goitengo forests in Laam village.

Sources had said that the group of militants believed to be three in number fled from the spot following the exchange of fire.

Additional reinforcement of army has been rushed to the area to trace out the fleeing militants.

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