Army foils infiltration bid; operation still underway

Army foils infiltration bid; operation still underway

One militant killed in Kupwara; troops on alert

Army foils infiltration bid; operation still underway

An unidentified militant was killed in an ongoing encounter along the Line of Control (LoC) in Machhil sector of north Kashmir's Kupwara district on Sunday as the army foiled yet another infiltration bid.

Defence spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia said that an infiltration bid was foiled in Machhil sector in which one militant was killed in the operation which was in progress.

Sources said that on the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday troops guarding the LoC noticed the movement of a heavily armed group of militants trying to infiltrate into Indian territory under the cover of darkness in Machhil sector.

“As the troops challenged the infiltrators, they opened fire. In the retaliatory action by the army, one militant has been killed so far," they said. Additional reinforcements from other army units have been rushed to the area to ensure that the militants don't escape.

Frequent incidents of exchange of fire have been reported along the LoC consistently over the past months. A senior Army officer said that troops are on high alert along the LoC after inputs that 250 militants were waiting on the launch pads in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir for infiltration. "Over 25 infiltration attempts have been foiled in the recent months and 50 ultras have been killed along the LoC," he said.

Meanwhile, Police on Sunday claimed to have arrested three over-ground workers (OGWs) of militants in Srinagar. An official said that three OGWs were arrested in Tengpora area of Srinagar from a passenger cab.

“An AK-47 rifle was recovered from their possession. The vehicle was also seized,” he said. The identity of those arrested was not immediately known.

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