Srinagar: Three paramilitary troopers were among four persons killed in a brief shootout at Wangam area of Qaziabad Handwara in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Monday.

Reports said that militants attacked 92 bn CRPF (A Coy) party at Wangam at around 5:32 pm. In the attack, two CRPF men were killed on the spot while two others suffered injuries in the shootout. Both the injured were shifted to hospital where one among them succumbed on the way, they said.

The paramilitary troopers retaliated and the exchange of fire continued for around five minutes, they said.

As the guns fell silent, one more body was spotted near the shootout site and investigations have been launched to ascertain whether the body is that of a civilian or someone else, they said.

PRO CRPF Pankaj Singh told GNS that militants attacked the CRPF party at Wangam. “In the attack, three CRPF men were killed, two of them on the spot and another on way to the hospital,” he said, adding one more CRPF personnel has been hospitalized.

Regarding the body found near the spot, PRO said that there is a question mark about him as no weapon was found from him.

Soon after the attack, additional reinforcement of army, SOG and CRPF rushed to the spot and launched a massive search operation to trace out the fleeing militants. (GNS) 

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