| GEO World|
| Seven Indian troops killed in held Kashmir|
| Updated at: 1953 PST, Tuesday, March 24, 2009|
SRINAGAR: In an encounter between Indian Army troops and Kashmiri Mujahideen, an officer and seven troops were killed and many more injured.
It is suspected that five Mujahideen were also injured in the shootout.
Lieutenant Colonel J.S Brar, Indian army spokesman in Srinagar, while confirming the incident disclosed that on specific information regarding presence of Mujahideen in the area, army troops carried out search and cordon operation in Shamswari forests of Kupwara district.
The Mujahideen surrounded the troops and did not allow them to flee. In a continuous gunfight, Major Mohit Sharma of 1 Para and seven other soldiers were killed while five Mujahideen and equal number of civilians were injured.