Gunbattle in Machil: Officer among four security personnel killed in LoC gunfight

Written by Bashaarat Masood
| Srinagar |

Updated: November 9, 2020 6:53:17 am

The Army tweeted a photograph of arms and ammunition recovered

AN army officer, two soldiers, and a Border Security Force (BSF) personnel lost their lives in a fierce gunfight early Sunday on the Line of Control (LoC) in which three militants, who were trying to enter the Valley through the Machil sector in north Kashmir’s Kupwara, were killed, officials said. Two soldiers were also injured in the firing, they said.

Chinar Corps, the official Twitter handle of 15 Corps, identified those killed as Capt Ashutosh Kumar, Havildar Praveen Kumar and Rifleman Ryada Maheshwar. “The gallant soldiers made the supreme sacrifice in (the) line of duty at Machil sector, Kupwara on November 8. Deepest condolences to the bereaved families,” the tweet said.

The BSF said its trooper Constable Sudip Kumar (38), a resident of West Tripura, “attained martyrdom” after he “kept on fighting till his last breath with exemplary courage” and “with utter disregard to his personal safety”. It said Pakistani posts “started ceasefire violation in support of the infiltrating terrorists”.

The Army said the face-off occurred in two bursts, nine hours apart. Late Saturday night, they said, a BSF patrol spotted the militants…

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