SRINAGAR: The Army on Sunday foiled yet another infiltration attempt by militants along the LoC in the Keran sector of Kupwara district in Jammu and Kashmir, killing three heavily armed militants in the process.
Defence sources said that the Armymen deployed along the LoC had detected a group of four-six militants trying to sneak into the Indian side of the LoC near the Gali Gali post in the sector on Saturday night.
“When challenged, the militants fired from automatic weapons at the Armymen, who returned the fire, triggering an encounter. In the ensuing firefight, which continued till the wee hours, three militants were killed while three others returned to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir,” a source said.
Defence spokesman Colonel N N Joshi, while confirming the foiling of the infiltration bid, said a group of militants were spotted moving from PoK towards the LoC at midnight. He said their movements were picked by the counter infiltration grid and were under constant surveillance till they reached the LoC fencing. “The militants moved towards the LoC fencing and attempted to cut the fencing and cross over. The militants were then effectively engaged by the vigilant soldiers deployed along the LoC. Three militants were killed in the intense gunfight,” Joshi said.
He said Armymen searched the area early on Sunday and recovered bodies of the three militants. “The Armymen also recovered three AK 47 rifles, one UBGL (Underbarrel Grenade Launcher), 12 AK magazines, 300 rounds of AK 47 and eight grenades from them,” he added.