Jammu and Kashmir : Eight Army personnel and two civilians were injured when militants triggered an improvised explosive device (IED blast) fitted in a vehicle near an Army patrol in the militancy-hit Pulwama district of south Kashmir on Monday.
A multi-vehicle patrol of the 44 Rashtriya Rifles was moving on the Arihal-Pulwama road when the IED was detonated, injuring the personnel travelling in a bullet and mine proof Casper vehicle.
IED Blast in Jammu Kashmir
The site of the IED Blast is 27 km from the area where a convoy of vehicles carrying security personnel on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway was attacked by a suicide bomber on February 14 in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.
In an another incident, an Army officer and a militant were killed during an encounter in Anantnag.
A Srinagar-based police spokesman said Mjor Ketan Sharma, 32, from Meerut, Uttar Pradesh was injured when a search party of the security forces encircled hiding militants and came under “heavy fire” at Badoora village in Anantnag’s Achabal area in the morning.
“Sharma was evacuated to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries,” said the police.
Twp other Army officials, including, Major Rahul Verma, suffered injuries in the day-long exchange of fire between the militants and the security forces in Anantnag.