| Srinagar |
Published: April 6, 2020 4:56:59 am
In the first major operation against infiltrators near the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir this year, five militants and at least three soldiers were killed in a gunfight in Kupwara district.
Two other soldiers were injured in the operation that was launched after the Army intercepted a group of infiltrators in Keran sector last week. J&K Police claimed that the five militants were from the Lashkar-e-Taiba.
Defence sources told The Indian Express that Army personnel deployed on the LoC intercepted a group of militants in the Jamgund forest on April 1 following which a brief exchange of fire took place. Later, a massive search was launched in the area, with all exit points sealed and additional forces deployed.
“Fresh contact with the militants was established on Saturday and in the ensuing operation, which is still underway, five infiltrators have been killed so far,” said a senior Army officer.
Defence spokesperson Col Rajesh Kalia said: “Alert troops braving inclement weather and hostile…