Srinagar: The army on Thursday claimed that two infiltration bids were foiled in Nowgam sector of Handwara in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district. The search operation continued in vast stretches of Uri and Nowgam sectors for the third consecutive day after the army claimed to have foiled two major infiltration bids in the areas.
A section of Indian media on Tuesday had claimed that 10 to 12 infiltrators had been killed after Pakistani army opened fire in Uri sector. However, the unsubstantiated claims were refuted by the army, which clarified that after neutralising the infiltration bids, searches have been initiated in the areas.
On Thursday, sources said that infiltrators made two fresh attempts in Nowgam area but they were foiled. It was not specified as to what number of militants was spotted.
A large number of Indian soldiers is engaged in search operations in densely forested areas closer to the LoC in both sectors. Sources said that no dead body has been recovered from the areas.
The army has been put on an alert along the entire LoC stretch in north Kashmir following the deadly fidayeen attack on an army formation in Uri, 102 kilometers from here. The attack resulted in the killing of 18 Indian soldiers and four fidayeen militants. India blamed Pakistan for the attack and claimed that arms and war-like stores recovered from the slain militants bore Pakistani markings, an allegation refuted by Pakistan.