Paramilitary personnel paid homage to the fallen soldier killed in Kashmir gunbattle, after his last rites were performed at his hometown Punjab. The soldier laid his life fighting the militants in Arnia district of Jammu and Kashmir. Earlier in the day, fresh firing erupted in Arnia town and search operation was launched to look for militant hideouts after gunmen wearing army uniforms on Thursday attacked an army base near the border with Pakistan, leaving ten people dead in the worst militant violence in more than a year. Meanwhile, a soldier, Bahadur Singh said that Kulwinder fought bravely till the end. “Even after he got hit by the bullet he kept fighting. His fight showed bravery and he did a good job,” said Singh. Family members and relatives performed the last rites in his ancestral home town in Gakhal village. According to top official, a total of 11 people lost their lives on Friday in the operation, including four militants, four civilians and three army soldiers. Security forces tightened the cordon to track down the hiding militant and retrieve the bodies of civilians killed in the gun battle while the sanitization operation is underway in Arnia.

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Security officials pay homage to soldier killed in Kashmir gunbattle