Six militants killed as Army foils infiltration bid

Six militants were killed after army foiled an infiltration bid at Uri as they were trying to sneak into this side. The Army has stepped up the vigil and the combing operation was launched in the surroundings to search for any more militants who have managed to cross over to this side.

Defence Spokesman, Col Rajesh Kalia, said that six militants were killed as the Army foiled an infiltration bid from across the border in Uri sector. He said that the operation was going on till the reports last came in.  As soon as the armed force personnel witnessed some suspicious movement along the LoC they opened fire and in the ongoing gunfight six militants were killed. There was no collateral damage being suffered by the Army in the gun battle with the militants, he added.

The incidents of infiltration from across the border have stepped up as the snow has started to melt on the mountain passes that connect two parts of Kashmir. The  army has been apprehending increase in the incidents and has intensified vigil along the border with Pakistan. 

“Militants opened indiscriminate firing with automatic weapons. The troopers retaliated ensuing in an encounter resulting in the killing of six infiltrators,” said an army official.

Importantly, the Army claimed to have thwarted at least four attempts by the Pakistan Army to infiltrate armed groups into Kashmir in past few days. According to the Army, three militants were killed in Nowgam sector while four others were killed in Machhil sector. An army man was also killed during the encounter in Nowgam sector.

According to Army on Thursday an infiltration bid was foiled in Naugam sector in Kupwara district by them with the killing of two militants while one soldier lost his life as he engaged militants in a retaliatory action.

On Wednesday three heavily-armed militants were killed in a gun battle in the Kupwara district as the army foiled the third major infiltration bid in less than a fortnight along the LoC in North Kashmir.

Troops guarding the LoC had noticed a group of militants trying to sneak into the Valley under the cover of darkness in the Machil sector. On 26 May, the army had killed two Pakistani Border Action Team (BAT) members who tried to infiltrate into the Uri sector to carry out an attack on Indian soldiers.

Six more militants were killed in the same sector next day when they attempted to sneak in from across the LoC. Meanwhile, army chief General Bipin Rawat has said that the “condition in Kashmir will improve soon.”

Indian Army launched a punitive strike on 9 May and destroyed two Pakistan army bunkers across the LoC. On 23 May, the army also released a video of the military action that showed heavy artillery destroying bunkers and shelters.

Earlier the Army claimed to have destroyed a Pakistan Army post in the Naushera sector in Jammu and Kashmir by carrying out fire assaults along the  Line of Control (LoC) as part of its “anti-terror operations”, further escalating the tensions between India and Pakistan. A senior army official said that the assault was carried out recently as Pakistani posts were supporting infiltration into Indian side.

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