Army foils infiltration bid, 3 ultras killed

Army foils infiltration bid, 3 ultras killed

At least three militants were killed on Monday as the Army foiled a major infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Tanghdar sector of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.

An Army official told Deccan Herald that the troops noticed movement of about five to six infiltrators near the Khushal Post Nawagabra, Tad on the LoC in the Tanghdar sector, 200 km from here, around 3.30 am. 

“After being challenged by the alert troops, the infiltrators, probably belonging to Hizb-ul-Mujahideen opened heavy fire at the security forces,” they said. The fire was promptly responded and a fierce encounter took place that continued for three hours. “Three militants were killed in the encounter and their bodies were also recovered along with three AK-47 rifles,” the official said.

Sources said two to three militant fled back to the other side of the border under the cover of darkness. Militants have adopted a new strategy of sending smaller groups first and, if they manage to infiltrate, it is being followed by infiltration by bigger groups.

The infiltration bid comes exactly on the day when five civilians were killed and 29 injured in heavy mortar shelling and firing by Pakistani troops targeting hamlets and outposts along the International Border in Jammu district in one of the worst ceasefire violations. 

Meanwhile, sources said, another encounter broke out at Keran in the district after Army cordoned off the forest area near the LoC following the suspicious movement. The Army maintains that 300-350 militants, waiting on the launching pads on the other side of the LoC opposite Tangdhar, Keran, Macchil and Gurez sectors in North Kashmir, were desperate to infiltrate ahead of winter.

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