Handwara: The army on Saturday recovered bodies of four non-local militants from Brinjal forest area in Vilgam Handwara. The army said that the operation was now over but searches were continuing in the area for sign of any more militants.
The four non-local militants are believed to be from the Jaish-e-Mohammad. They were killed on Friday afternoon in a gunfight with army’s 15 RR and other forces in a forest area along the Line of Control (LOC) in Kupwara sector. An army official said that its 15 RR unit detected suspicious movement in Brinjal forest area near Jat Gali, close to the LoC, and when the army asked them to surrender, they opened fire. In the ensuing gunfight, the army said on Friday, they killed three militants while three others probably escaped. On Saturday, one more body was recovered, taking the death toll to four.
Reinforcements including para-troopers of the army were rushed towards the area on Saturday morning. They started a search operation to trace the other two militants who are believed to have escaped. Army sources said that the two may have returned back to the other side of LoC.
The area is far from any civilian habitation and due to restrictions on entry of journalists, the army and police are the only sources of information.
Police sources said that the army handed over all the four bodies to police station Vilgam, from where the police will take the bodies for burial.
Superintendent of Police (SSP) Handwara Gulam Jeelani said that the army will issue its press release after 5pm.