Srinagar: An Army major and a militant were killed, while another officer and two troopers were injured on Monday in an encounter between security forces and the ultras in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district, officials said.A major-rank officer was killed while another officer of the same rank and two soldiers were injured in the encounter in the Achabal area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, they added. The injured were rushed to the 92 base hospital of the Army in Srinagar, the officials said. They added that an unidentified militant was also killed in the gunfight and his body recovered. Arms and ammunition were also seized from the encounter site, the officials said. The identity and group affiliation of the slain militant was being ascertained, they added. Security forces launched a cordon-and-search operation in the area Monday morning. P7
The Council “opposes any attempts to change governments through unconstitutional means,” Ambassador Jan Grauls of Belgium, which holds the rotating Council presidency this month, said in a statement issued at the end of an open meeting on the issue.Mr. Grauls called for “the immediate release of President Sidi Mohamed Ould Cheikh Abdallahi and the restoration of the legitimate, constitutional, democratic institutions,” adding that the 15-member panel condemned the actions of the State Council to seize the powers of the presidency after the coup d’état.The statement noted the important role played by the African Union and also the efforts of Said Djinnit, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative for West Africa, to try to help restore constitutional order in Mauritania.Mr. Djinnit and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon have voiced similar concerns about the situation in Mauritania as a result of the government’s overthrow on 6 August. 19 August 2008The Security Council today condemned the recent overthrow of the Mauritanian Government by the country’s military and demanded the immediate release from detention of the national president and the restoration of democratic institutions.