NF Bureau: At least 4 army personnel, including a Major-rank officer have been martyred in an encounter that began late midnight in Pinglan area of Pulwama. Another critically injured Jawan has been rushed to hospital.
The deceased have been identified as Major Major VS Dhoundiyal, Head Constable Sheo Ram, Sepoy Ajay Kumar and Sepoy Hari Singh. They hailed from 55 Rashtriya Rifles.
At least two Civilians who were used by the terrorists as human shields, were also killed. At least 2 JeM terrorists are said to be trapped. The encounter is underway.