Five militants killed as Army foils infiltration bid

Five militants killed as Army foils infiltration bid

Indian policemen stand guard behind concertina wire during a strike called by separatists to mark the death anniversaries of chief cleric of Kashmir, Moulana Mohammad Farooq and Abdul Gani Lone, a Kashmiri separatist leader, in Srinagar May 21, 2018. REUTERS/Danish Ismail

Five unidentified militants were killed as army foiled an infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) in Tanghdar sector of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Saturday.

Defence spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia said that an infiltration bid was foiled in Tanghdar sector of Kupwara along the LoC in which four militants were killed. “The operation is in progress," he said.

Sources said the gunfight broke out after the army launched a cordon and search operation in Tandghdar, 185 km from here, early morning following information about infiltration attempt of heavily armed group of militants.

“The trapped militants fired on the search party which was retaliated by the security forces. In the ongoing gun battle, five unidentified militants have been killed so far,” they said and added the encounter was going on.

It was a major infiltration bid in which heavily-armed militants had sneaked into this side (LoC) and were planning to target the army installations, source said. The encounter took place at a time when the snow has started melting from the mountains and ridges of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.