10 soldiers, 8 militants killed in Kashmir encounter
27 November 2001
The Times of India
TIMES NEWS NETWORK
JAMMU: Suspected Islamic militants ambushed an army patrol in Kashmir on Tuesday, leaving 10 soldier and eight guerrillas dead in the ensuing gunbattle, the army said. Two army officers were among those killed in the daylong encounter, said army spokesman S P K Singh. The gunbattle was fought in Hari Buddha, a village in the district of Poonch, nearly 200 kms northwest of Jammu. The village is nearly five kms from the cease-fire line dividing Kashmir between India and Pakistan forces. On Tuesday, the army sent a patrol to the forested area around Hari Buddha following a tip that the rebels were hiding there after crossing over from the Pakistani side, Singh said. The militants opened fire from their mountainous hide-out, and army reinforcements then engaged the rebels, he said.