Srinagar: The army claimed to have killed one militant while foiling another infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC), this time in Gurez sector of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district, on Saturday.
The number of purported militants killed along the LoC in north Kashmir in the past four days has now gone up to 13.
An army spokesperson told Kashmir Reader that troops detected some suspicious movement along the LoC in Gurez. “It was found that some militants were trying to sneak into this side of the LoC. They were challenged, at which they fired indiscriminately at the army,” he said.
He said the army retaliated the fire, killing one militant. “A search operation is on to flush out the hiding militants. The combing operation will continue till the entire area is sanitised fully,” he said.
The army’s Northern Command in a statement said that Indian Army is continuing its relentless operations to thwart Pakistan Army’s attempts to push in multiple groups of armed intruders into this side of the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir.
“The explosives, inflammable material, arms and ammunition recovered from the militants indicate Pakistan’s designs to orchestrate high-profile terror incidents targeting innocent civilian population and security forces during the holy month of Ramzan,” the statement said.
“Relentless operations mounted by troops have successfully intercepted groups of armed intruders all along the LoC in Gurez, Machhil, Nowgam and Uri sectors, leading to elimination of thirteen militants in the last 96 hours,” the statement said.
Four militants were killed in Machhil sector of Kupwara on Wednesday, three in Nowgam sector of the same district on Thursday, and five in Uri area of Barramulla on Friday.
The army statement mentioned that one infiltration bid was foiled in Uri sector on Thursday and one infiltration bid was earlier foiled in Gurez sector of Bandipora district on Tuesday.