Srinagar: The army on Sunday said that five militants killed along the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri sector of Baramulla district on Friday were a “fidayeen” group of the Lashkar-e-Toiba militant outfit.
Briefing the media about the Uri operation, Brigadier YS Ahlawat of army’s 12-brigade in Uri said that the slain militants were tasked to carry out an attack on army or civilian installations in or outside Uri.
“These militants are suspected to be from the LeT outfit. They tried to infiltrate into this sector by exploiting the thick jungles on the Line of Control during night time,” said Brig Ahlawat.
He said that alert army troops detected the movement and immediately engaged them in a gunfight.
“After the initial firefight, a prolonged search operation was launched which lasted for two days in thick jungle and rough terrain under inclement weather conditions,” he said.
Brig Ahlawat said that all the five militants were killed during the firefight and war-like stores were recovered from their possession.
“Currently, a sanitation operation is going on in the area. So far in the search operation, huge quantity of arms and ammunition has been recovered, which includes five AK 47 rifles, two UBGL, a lot of explosives, combat dresses, and eatables with Pakistani marking,” he said.
Ahlawat said that the recovery indicates that the militants were a fidayeen group who had a plan to attack army or civil installations. “The alertness and resilience of the army not only resulted in elimination of these militants but also peace and tranquillity in the Valley, which this group wanted to vitiate during the month of Ramzam,” he said.
He said that there has been a surge in infiltration attempts along the LoC recently and such attempts are likely to continue. He said that the army would be alert to foil such attacks.
“It is likely that more such attempts will happen in the coming days,” he said.