Srinagar, July 27: Security forces neutralized three Pakistani militants and foiled the major infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) in Gurez sector of Bandipora district on Thursday. The combing operation is still underway and ammunitions were recovered from the slain militants.
A group of Pakistani militants tried to infiltrate in the Indian side with heavy arms and ammunitions when they were noticed by the alert Indian army. Indian troops warned the intruders first and then fired after they were ignored. The gun fight soon turned into fierce encounter and Indian army easily neutralized three armed militants.
Lt Colonel Rajesh Kalia, an Army spokesperson said hat troops guarding Line of Control (LoC) noticed a group of militants sneaking into this side from Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) in Gurez sector under the cover of darkness early this morning. When asked to surrender, the infiltrators resorted to indiscriminate firing with automatic weapons, he said, adding that troops also retaliated and in the encounter, three militants have been killed so far. The operation was still going on when the reports last came in, Col Kalia added.
After this incident, additional security forces were rushed and entire forest area has been sealed to foil any militant attempt to escape. Earlier on July 23, Indian army eliminated one Pakistani militant and foiled an infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) in Machil sector of Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district.
Interestingly, on July 18, security forces killed two Pakistani militants and foiled an infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) in Gurez valley of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district. However, just before this incident, the army also gunned down three militants who belonged to Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) terror outfit in a fierce encounter at Wanihama village of Anantnag district in Kashmir.