By Shabir ibn Yusuf
Srinagar, J & K, India, (Greater Kashmir): [Indian] Army Tuesday said it killed five unidentified militants while foiling an infiltration bid on the Line of Control (LoC) in Keran sector of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district Sunday evening.
The infiltration bid has been foiled at a time when GOC-in-Chief Northern Command, Lt General Sanjiv Chachra, is on a three-day visit to Kashmir.
General Officer Commanding (GOC) 28 Infantry Division, Major General Lalit Panday said the soldiers of 4 Kumaon Regiment spotted a group of eight to nine militants near Hema Post in Keran sector. He said the operation was carried out on specific information from intelligence agencies regarding likelihood of militants attempting infiltration in the area.
“Alert soldiers detected movement of militants in the forest area and challenged them,” Gen Panday said, adding that the militants opened fire. “The fire was retaliated and in the ensuing gunfight five unidentified militants were killed. Four other militants managed their escape,” he said.
The senior Army General said that the group comprised of militants of Lashkar-e-Toiba and Hizbul Mujahideen. “The bodies have not been retrieved yet. The bodies are lying very close to LoC in a mine field and the militants were wearing Pathan Dress,” he said.
The Army General informed that at least 350 militants are waiting to cross the LoC from launching pads located opposite to Tanghdar, Keran, Machil and Gurez. “We are ready to meet any eventuality and nobody would be allowed to sneak in,” he asserted.
Meanwhile, GOC-in-Chief Northern Command Tuesday visited Kupwara to take stock of the security situation in the area.