Five militants killed as Army foils infiltration bid from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir to Machhil sector

The Army today foiled a major infiltration attempt by militants to cross over from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) into the Machhil sector by killing five ultras.

Published: 07th August 2017 08:24 PM  |   Last Updated: 08th August 2017 08:04 AM   |  A+A-

Army Personnels during an encounter operation. (File | PTI)

Express News Service

SRINAGAR: Army on Monday foiled a major infiltration bid of militants in Machil sector in border district of Kupwara in Jammu and Kashmir by killing five militants.

An army official in Srinagar said troops noticed a group of militants trying to cross into this from Machil sector along Line of Control (LoC) in Kupwara district.

He said the army men fired on the militants, who retaliated.

The official said five militants were killed in the encounter.

Defence spokesman in Srinagar, Colonel Rajesh Kalia, said five militants have been killed in the operation and five weapons recovered.

He said the army men were conducting search operation in the area.

The army men are on highest mode of alert along the LoC to foil any infiltration attempt by militants.

Meanwhile, sources said Pakistani troops breached border ceasefire in Uri sector of North Kashmir this evening and fired on army posts with automatic weapons.

They said a jawan was injured in the Pakistani troops firing.

LeT militant killed in Pampore

A Lashkar-e-Toiba militant was killed in an encounter with security forces in Pampore area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

“Acting on a specific information about presence of militants in Akram Dar Mohalla in Samboora locality of Pampore,  police, CRPF and army men launched a cordon and search operation there to flush out the militants hiding there,” a police official said.

He said militants fired on the search party.

“The fire was returned by the troops, triggering an encounter. In the ensuing gunfight, a Pakistani militant of Abu Ismail group of LeT identified as Umar  was killed,” the official said.

He said two militants managed to escape from the area during the encounter.

“One of the escaped militant was injured and a manhunt has been launched to track them down,” a police official said.

Weapon snatching bid foiled

A J&K bank guard today foiled a weapon snatching attempt by three unknown persons at Chrar-e-Sharif area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district this afternoon.

“Three persons attempted to snatch a rifle from a J&K Bank guard inside a bank at Chrar-i-Sharief in Budgam district this afternoon,” a police spokesman said.

He said the bank guard resisted the move and foiled attempt to snatch his weapon.

The trio, he said, managed to escape from the spot but were caught in a CCTV footage.

A case has been registered in this regard and investigation taken up.

Police sought help of locals in identifying the trio involved in the weapon snatching incident

“Anyone who will help the police in identification of the perpetrators will be suitably rewarded and his identity will not be revealed,” the spokesman said.

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