Bandipora: Two more militants were killed in the ongoing military operation in Panar forest area of Bandipora district on Monday. Four militants have so far been killed in the operation that began 10 days ago.
On Thursday, June 14, two militants and an army soldier were killed in a gunfight in the forest.
Army spokesperson Col Rajesh Kalia told Kashmir Reader that two more militants were killed on Monday morning and the operation in the forest area is still underway.
On Saturday, June 9, a massive army operation was launched against a group of militants who were moving through the forests and encountered an army patrol, triggering a brief gunfight.
In the initial exchange of firing on Saturday, a large number of militants from the group, according to sources, managed to escape. Four to five militants, however, were trapped in the nearby woods after army called in units of special commandos and paratroopers from other northern districts and cordoned off the vast forest area.
Since then, the operation has been going on with intermittent exchange of firing between army and militants.
The security establishment is of the view that the group of militants was of foreign origin, most likely associated with Lashkar-e-Toiba, a group of which infiltrated through the border region of Gurez last month.
A police officer said that they were yet to recover the two more bodies. Sources put the number of killed militants on Monday at three. They said that one militant was still believed to be fighting as intermittent firing was going on and bodies were yet to be retrieved.