Srinagar, August 8: In an ongoing anti-terrorist operation in the inner parts of Jammu-Kashmir and forward areas, Indian army gunned down five Pakistani terrorists and foiled the major infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) in Machil sector of Kupwara district on Monday. While a Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist from Pakistan was killed in an encounter with security forces in Pulwama district on the same day.
Notably, a group of infiltrators was trying to infiltrate in the Indian side along the LoC in Machil sector of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, when Indian army challenged them resulted in an exchange of fires and troops easily eliminated five Pakistani terrorists successfully. The combing operation is still underway and ammunitions were recovered from the slain militants.
The major infiltration bid was foiled hours after security forces shot dead a terrorist of Lahkar-e-Toiba (LeT) outfit, a suspected aide of Abu Ismail, the south Kashmir leader of the banned outfit, during an intense gunfight at Samboora village in Pulwama district, around 25 kilometers from here. Two terrorists are believed to have escaped from the encounter site, at least one in an injured state.
A police spokesperson said the encounter broke out late on Sunday night after the Army and police cordoned off the area following inputs about the presence of terrorists. According to the sources, 50 RR and CRPF jointly participated in the encounter in which the LeT terrorist, identified as Umer of Pakistan, was killed.
During the anti militancy operation, a large number of local people protested and tried to disrupt the operation. The encounter triggered a shutdown in several parts of Kashmir’s Pulwama district. Interestingly, this year 47 terrorists have been killed along the LoC while infiltrating into the valley. The Army claimed that at least 20 infiltration bids have been foiled this year.