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Army jawan killed in encounter with terrorists near LoC

Jammu, November 23: An Army jawan was today killed in an encounter with terrorists near the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir.

"During the early morning hours, an Army patrol was fired upon by terrorists/inimical elements close to the Line of Control in the forward areas of Naoshera Sector," Defence spokesman said.

"Own troops retaliated appropriately. In the ensuing firefight one soldier was injured and later attained death while being evacuated to military hospital," he said.

The deceased has been identified as Sepoy Sudimesh from Kerala.

The terrorists opened fire on the Army patrol party ahead of the border fencing, which is situated some kilometres away from the LoC, Defence Sources said.

Search operations were still in progress till last reports came in, he said.

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