Soldier killed in ongoing Kokernag gunfight

Srinagar, April 16: An Army man was killed in an ongoing gunfight between militants amd security forces at Watnar Kokernag area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Saturday, reports said.

Quoting sources in the police, local news agency GNS reported that the soldier of 19 Rashtriya Rifles received a serious bullet wound in the initial exchange of fire. He was rushed to the hospital but succumbed on the way.

The encounter began in the morning when Army cordoned off Watnar following a tip-off about the presence of militants.

In recent days, Army has killed many militants in successive encounters. On Friday,  four local militants of Lashkar-e-Toiba were killed in an encounter in Shopian district of south Kashmir.

Militants have also renewed their attacks on civilians, killing a driver belonging to minority community in South Kashmir. On Thursday, they killed a sarpanch Manzoor Ahmad Bangroo in Pattan in North Kashmir. Bangroo reportedly belonged to the BJP. However, the party has denied such reports.