Owais Farooqi/Mushtaq Ahmad
Bandipore: Army on Friday claimed to have killed five militants who were trying to sneak into Kashmir from Pakistan administration Kashmir on Thursday night in Gurez area of Bandipora district.
Since the area where the shootout is said to have occurred is remote and civilians have no access to it, police and army are the only sources of information about the incident and therefore its independent confirmation is not possible.
Defence spokesperson Lt Col NN Joshi said that the army’s 101 Brigade received information about the presence of “the infiltrators” Kanzarwan area along the Line of Control and cordoned off the entire area.
“In the initial gunfight two unidentified militants were killed at midnight while the other three were killed later,” Joshi said.
According to him, the army suffered no loss or causality during the gun battle. He said the a huge quantity of arms and ammunition were recovered near the site of the gun battle.
An army officer, asking for anonymity, said the militants had infiltrated through Neelam river, which flows into Gurez, a few days ago.
The army suspects that more militants might be hiding in nearby forests and has launched a search operations in Kanzalwan, Bagtore and Korakbal areas.
A senior Bandipora police officer said they have not received the bodies of the slain militants, nor the weapons recovered from them.
“We are yet to register an FIR in the encounter. The army might approach us for the same on Saturday,” he added.