Ultras on mission to target security installations killed in Uri

Last Updated 15 January 2018, 14:27 IST

In a major success, the army on Monday foiled an infiltration bid in Uri sector of north Kashmir's Baramulla district by killing six Jaish-e-Muhammad militants, who were on a mission to target security installations.

"The militants were travelling in a boat on river Jhelum at Dulanja, Uri. On being challenged, they opened fire and in the ensuing gunbattle, all the militants were eliminated," Brigadier Y S Alawat said while briefing the reporters in Uri, 102 km from here.

He said that it was a major infiltration bid in which heavily armed militants had sneaked into this side (LoC) and were planning to target army installations.

This was the first infiltration attempt by militants in 2018. Sources said all the six slain militants were Pakistanis.

State police chief Shesh Pal Vaid confirmed the killing of six  militants in the operation. "The bodies of  five terrorists recovered from encounter site, the sixth being searched," he tweeted.

Senior Superintendent of police (SSP) Baramulla, Imtiyaz Hussain said the militants were planning a fidayeen (suicide) attack.

"From the recovery of arms/ammunition and other warlike stores it appears that the militants had come with a plan to carry out a fidayeen attack. The slain militants belonged to the Jaish-Muhammad terror outfit," he said.

Four AK-47 rifles and 23 hand grenades were recovered during search operations, he added.

Uri is located on the left bank of the Jhelum River, about 10 km of the LoC with Pakistan.

On  September 18, 2016, in one of the worst causalities suffered by the army in peacetime operations, 18 troopers were killed and 18 others injured after a group of fidayeen militants stormed a strategic military base in the same area.

(Published 15 January 2018, 14:02 IST)

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