Two militants and two soldiers were killed in an early morning operation in north Kashmir’s Bandipora area on Wednesday.A police official said security forces, comprising of army and local police, sealed off Rakh (Paribal), Hajin, around 5 a.m. The operation was launched after “follow up of inputs about the presence of a large group of armed militants in the area.”In the initial exchange of firing, two militants were killed. “However, two soldiers also sustained injuries, who succumbed later [sic],” said the official.Both militants are believed to be associated with the Lashkar-e-Taiba. The search operation is on as the firing from both sides have stopped. “It was an intense operation. Two members of the army’s Air Force Garud were killed,” army spokesperson told The Hindu. On September 27, a BSF jawan, who was home on a leave, was killed by militants in Hajin.
German football club Bayern Munich offered its Polish striker Robert Lewandowski to extend his contract until 2021 to become the club’s highest-paid player, according to German magazine Sport Bild.Lewandowski’s potential salary will exceed that of Thomas Muller, estimated at around 14 million euros ($15.6 million) per year,reports Efe on Wednesday.The Polish player’s current contract expires in 2019, but amid interest demonstrated by other European giants to sign the goal machine, it seems that Bayern wants to cut them off as soon as possible. (Bayern Munich stage fightback, Borussia Dortmund hit six)The player’s agents hinted at the possibility of his move to Real Madrid last season and he looked open to the idea.However, the arrival of Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti at the Allianz Arena, apparently changed Lewandowski’s mind.The German magazine related that Ancelotti called up the Polish striker during the summer vacation, and confirmed to Lewandowski that he will remain his first choice when it comes to leading the attacking lines.