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7 terrorists killed in two encounters in Kupwara sector


Srinagar, Oct 06: Army on Thursday killed seven terrorists in 's northern frontier Kupwara district.

While three terrorists were killed after they launched an attack on an army camp, four others were killed during infiltration bids, army said.

A huge cache of arms and ammunition was also claimed recovered from the slain militants.

An army official said that the terrorists opened fire on an army camp at Langate in Kupwara district at around 5 AM, which was retaliated by the soldiers.

After repulsing the attack, the government forces launched a search operation in the area, during which the terrorists fired upon them, leading to an encounter.

Briefing the media on the operation, Commanding Officer, Colonel Rajiv Sharang said the three militants were challenged by troops after they noticed suspicious movement near the perimeter fencing of the camp.

Three militants were seen near the perimeter fencing of our camp. “Our sentrys challenged the terrorists who fired heavily on our sentry posts. We also retaliated and then a quick reaction team was activated so that the terrorists do not flee the area where they were spotted,” Col Sharang said.

“We used illumination rounds to illuminate the area and killed all the three terrorists,” he told reporters at Langate.

The army official said the forces have recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition from the slain militants.

“The medicine which has been recovered from all three terrorists has Pakistani markings. This ascertains that all three terrorists were Pakistani terrorists. The maps and the matrix sheet, which they were using, is also being analysed. If we come to know more from it, we will let you know,” he said.

Army also said four militants were killed while trying to infiltrate from Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) when troops foiled three bids in the wee hours today.

Giving details, an army official said three infiltration bids — two in Naugam sector and one in Rampur — of north Kashmir were foiled during the intervening night of October 05 and 06.

In an encounter in the higher reaches of Naugam, 112 kms from here, the troops cornered a group of infiltrating militants and have killed four so far, a senior army official said.

The official said a combing operation was continuing amid apprehension about presence of more militants in the area. “Technical surveillance was being maintained, besides using illuminators to prevent the militants, who could be present, from escaping under the cover of darkness.”

The army said it repulsed two infiltration bids in Rampur and Naugam, raining bullets on the militants and forcing them to return to Pakistan-administered-Kashmir (PaK).

The militants, who had managed to cross the fence, had to beat a retreat after army patrols challenged and opened heavy fire on them, the official said.

“Pakistani army provided cover fire on both the occasions but the militants had to retreat,” the official said.

The infiltration bids come barely a day after Security Advisor Ajit Doval briefed the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) that Pakistani army “has mobilised about 100 militants across the LoC to push them into India to carry out attacks in and Kashmir.”

At the meeting, which was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, it was stated that the Pakistani army was planning attacks by militants on Indian personnel and security establishments besides select civilian targets in the wake of September 29 “surgical strikes”.

According to the assessment given by Doval, “nearly 100 militants were readying to infiltrate India from unconventional launch pads.”

The Northlines is an independent source on the Web for news, facts and figures relating to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and its neighbourhood.

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