Kupwara: The army on Saturday claimed to have foiled an infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) in Tangdar village of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district by killing five militants. Local sources said that one more body was found in the area, but officials did not confirm it.
Army sources said that the 20 JAT regiment posted at Eagle Post along the LOC in Tangdar sector found some suspicious movement in the wee hours of Saturday. After conducting a search, a group of 5 to 6 militants sneaking into this side of Kashmir with arms and ammunition was spotted. The army troopers challenged the militants to a gunfight which continue for over two hours. When the firing stopped, army men went close to the spot and saw four bodies of heavily armed militants. Later, one more body was recovered from the spot.
Later, reinforcements were sent to the area to nab the other militants who are believed to be hiding in the area. Army sources said that para commandos and an army helicopter have been put into service.
The area is far from civilian habitation and the army and police are the only sources of information. This correspondent could not verify the army’s claims from independent sources.
Army’s Srinagar-based sokesperson Col Rajash Kalia said that five militants were killed by army in Tangdar, but some local sources there said that one more bodies were found in the area, taking the toll to six.
The army has not yet retrieved any dead body as the area is very close to LoC, within the range of Pakistani firing, and there is cloudy, foggy weather in the area.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kupwara AS Dinkar said that the operation is still on. “We have not yet recovered any dead body from the area, but we are in the process. Yes, we saw some bodies but it can’t be said how many bodies there are until we recover and count them all,” the SSP Kupwara told Kashmir Reader.