Three militants killed in Kupwara encounter

Three militants killed in Kupwara encounter

Three militants killed in Kupwara encounter

 At least three militants were killed in an ongoing encounter with the security forces in Tangdhar area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Sunday.

Sources said the gunfight broke out after security forces launched a search operation in Dadwani, Tangdhar, 185 km from here, early Sunday morning, after receiving information about the presence of heavily armed group of militants there.

“The trapped militants fired on the search party, who retaliated. In the ongoing gunfight, three unidentified militants have been killed so far,” they said, adding that the encounter was still ongoing.

An army official said a large cache of arms and ammunition has been recovered from the encounter site. “The slain militants were part of the Lakshar-e-Toiba outfit, who were involved in the attack on a BSF post in Tangdhar sector on August 19 in which three paramilitary troopers were injured,” he said, adding that the entire area has been cordoned off and reinforcement has been sent to prevent the militants from escaping.

In June, the Army had foiled an infiltration bid by killing two militants in the same area near the Line of Control.

It was the second operation by the security forces along the LoC in Kashmir in last three days.

Meanwhile, Indian and Pakistani troops exchanged gunfire at Machil sector along LoC in Kupwara on Saturday.

Sources said that Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire by firing at Indian posts.

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