| GEO World|
| Indian colonel killed in H-Kashmir gunbattle|
| Updated at: 1047 PST, Wednesday, June 23, 2010|
SRINAGAR: An Indian army colonel has been killed in a gunbattle with militants in held Kashmir, the military said Wednesday.
"We have lost a colonel during a fierce overnight gunbattle with militants in northern Kupwara district," Indian military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Vineet Sood told media.
He said the fighting erupted when troops launched an operation in the forested area of Lolab.
"The operation is still on," he said, adding that reinforcements had been rushed to the area.