SRINAGAR: The Army today killed six militants near the Line of Control (LoC) as it foiled fifth infiltration bid from Pakistan into Kashmir in three days, raising to 12 the total number of infiltrators gunned down during this period.
The six militants were killed in Uri sector during a counter-infiltration operation launched yesterday after the troops detected movement of ultras trying to sneak into the valley, an Army official said. With this operation, the total number of infiltrating militants killed over the last three days in various sectors has gone up to 12.
A defence spokesman had yesterday said that multiple attempts made by Pakistan Army to push armed infiltrators across the LoC were foiled by the troops at Machhil and Naugam sectors in Kupwara district, Gurez in Bandipora district and Uri in Baramulla, resulting in the killing of seven militants.
All the four infiltration bids were aided by the Pakistani forces who provided active support, including cover fire using heavy calibre artillery, the Army's Northern Command had said in a statement yesterday. According to the Army, it has successfully foiled seven infiltration attempts in less than a fortnight in north Kashmir.
Three of the attempts were scuttled in Uri sector alone. On May 26, Army killed two Pakistani Border Action Team (BAT) members who tried to infiltrate into Uri sector in Baramulla district to carry out an attack on the soldiers.
Six more militants were killed in the same sector next day when they attempted to sneak into the valley from across the border. In the current year, Army foiled 23 infiltration attempts killing 39 armed intruders along the LoC.