Army colonel killed in Kashmir ambush

Srinagar, June 23 (Calcutta Tube) A senior army officer has been killed in a separatist guerrilla ambush in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district, police said Wednesday.

Colonel Neeraj Sood, commanding officer of 18 Rashtriya Rifles (RR), was Tuesday critically injured in a gunfight with militants in Saiwan village in Lolab Valley, about 105 km from here.

‘Colonel Neeraj was critically wounded in the militant attack. He was immediately rushed to a hospital in Kupwara. However, he succumbed to his injuries in the hospital late Tuesday night,’ a senior police officer said.

‘Reinforcements have been rushed to the area. Searches in the area continue,’ he added.

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