’12 killed in three days’
Srinagar: Army claimed to have killed five militants along the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri of Baramulla district on Friday.
Defence spokesperson Srinagar, Colonel Rajesh Kalia told Kashmir Reader that army foiled a major infiltration bid and killed five militants in Uri. The claim could not be verified independently.
Kalia said, “Army fired at a group of militants who were trying to infiltrate into this side of LoC on Friday afternoon.” He said that the operation was on.
A senior army officer said that troops suspected a movement of militants along the LoC in Uri.
“The hidden militants opened fire at the army, which was suitably responded triggering fierce gun battle between infiltrating militants and army,” he said.
The officer said that the militants were equipped with automatic weapons. He said during the exchange of fire five militants were killed.
The army officer said that though the gunfire has stopped but army has started the combing operation in the entire area. He said though it was not clear that whether it was a fresh infiltration bid or these were the same militants who were pushed back on Thursday.
Meanwhile, army said that 12 militants were killed along LoC in north Kashmir in the last three days. Four militants were killed in Kupwara’s Machhil on Wednesday, three in Nowgam village of the same district on Thursday and five in Uri of Baramulla on Friday, army said.