Srinagar Feb 23: In one of the deadliest militant attacks this year, 3 army men were killed while five others were injured after an army party came under heavy fire in Shopian district of south Kashmir.

An elderly lady was also killed, inside her home, in cross fire near the site of the ambush.

According to police and army reports the army party, of 44 RR, was on the way back to their base after conducting a cordon and search operation in Kungnoo village of Shopian district.

“At about 2:25 AM this morning the militants ambushed the army party at Mool Czitragam village. They fired indiscriminately from two sides,” a senior police official from Shopian told Rising Kashmir.

He said the fire was duly returned by the army and the exchange of fire continued for about an hour.

“The militants however managed to escape, possibly unhurt,” the official said.

5 of the army men have been shifted to hospitals for treatment, while 3 have been confirmed dead.

One of the slain army men is reported to be a resident of Marhama village in Anantnag district of south Kashmir.

An elderly lady Jana Begum was also killed in the cross fire, inside her home.

“She was hit by a stray bullet while she probably tried to figure out what was going on from the window of her house,” sources say.

Army’s Northern command has issued a statement following the attack, confirming the killings.

“Such incidents have only strengthened our resolve to continue relentless operations against Pakistan sponsored anti-nationals in Kashmir valley,” the statement read.

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