Kashmir: Army jawan killed in stone pelting

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    SRINAGAR: A 22-year-old soldier sepoy Rajendra Singh, who was injured by stones hurled at him by a mob on the national highway in Anantnag district last evening, succumbed on Friday.

    Singh was a part of the Quick Reaction Team (QRT) which was providing security to a Border Roads Organisation (BRO) convoy on the highway. “At around 6pm, when the convoy was passing through the Anantnag bypass tri-junction near NH-44, few youths hurled stones at the vehicle and Singh was injured after being hit by a stone directly on the head. He was provided immediate first aid and evacuated to 92 Base Hospital but unfortunately succumbed to the injury,” army spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia said.

    Singh was from village Badena in Pithoragarh in Uttrakhand and had joined the Army in 2016. He is survived by his parents.

    Separately, two more soldiers were killed in two separate terror attacks. Lance Naik Brajesh Kumar (32) succumbed to his splinter injuries on Friday during an operation in which two terrorists were also killed in Malgunipura, Sopore. Kumar, a native of Nanawin in Una district of Himachal Pradesh, had joined the Army in 2004. He is survived by his wife and a daughter, the spokesman added.

    In another incident, Sepoy Ngamsiamliana was killed when terrorists attacked an army camp at Luragam village of Tral in Pulwama on Thursday. The 23-year-old sepoy from Rengtekawn in Mizoram had joined the Army in 2013. He is survived by his parents.

    Two terrorists were killed in an encounter with security forces in Pazalpora area of Dangiwacha in Sopore area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Friday. Police said four terrorists had been killed in the district in two operations since Thursday.

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