When his camp came under fire from militants in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara today, gunner Rishi Kumar, who was on a sentry duty, single-handedly killed two assassins and injured the third as he gave death the slip twice. Three militants stormed the army camp in Kupwara at around 4 AM killing three personnel, including an officer, and injuring seven.
As the militants fired indiscriminately and started advancing in the camp, Kumar, of Field Artillery Regiment, observed them approach and waited for them to come within close range. “He then engaged them and was hit on the head but was saved by a bullet-proof patka. However, the impact caused him to fall down. He immediately recovered and fired back to kill the two terrorists,” an army official said.
Running out of ammunition, he moved out of his bunker and tried to pick the weapons of the slain terrorists to engage the third. The third terrorist, however, fired and injured him and managed to escape. Kumar has suffered injuries from splinter and is admitted to 92 Base Hospital in Srinagar. He is from Ara in Bihar and has eight years of service. “Rishi has shown the indomitable spirit of Indian soldier,” the official said.
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On April 27 (early in the morning) a group of militants attacked an army camp in Kupwara district of north Kashmir, killing three army personnel, including a captain. Five soldiers were also left injured in the attack. Two suspected militants were killed in the retaliatory action. Speaking about the same, a defence spokesperson said that at around 4 am today the militants attacked the army camp at the Panzgam region in Kupwara which is 100 kms away from Srinagar.
Soon after the incident the entire area was cordoned off and search operations are underway with elements of Special Forces present at the spot. As per reports, the location of the under attack-camp is very close to the Line of Control (LoC). This is the second major attack on defence forces in a week. On April 24, as many as 25 CRPF personnel were killed in an encounter with Naxals in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma area.