Five unidentified militants were killed in a gunfight as Army on Monday claimed to have foiled a major infiltration bid in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.
Army said that bid was foiled along the Line of control in Machil sector, when militants were trying to sneak into the Valley on Monday.
“The group was challenged and they opened fire triggering a gunfight. So far five terrorists have been eliminated,” Srinagar based defence spokesman, Col Rajesh Kalia said.
He said the Army has also recovered five weapons as well. “The combing operation in the thick forest is still going on,” he added.
Pertinently, thirty-eight armed militants have been killed as the Army foiled a total of 22 infiltration bids along the Line of Control (LoC) in the state this year.
“In the current year, 22 infiltration attempts have been foiled and 34 armed intruders were killed on the LoC,” data provided by the Home Ministry reveals.
Minister of State for Defence, Subhash Bhamre also claimed in the Parliament that 116 cross-border infiltration attempts were made in the Valley in 2015 and 2016, including 88 last year.
As per the data provided by the Home Ministry, in 2016, there were 364 infiltration bids along the LoC whereas, in 2015 the number was 121. Similarly, the count of militants who had sneaked into the Indian border were 112 in 2016 and the number in 2015 was 33.