Five heavily armed militants, believed to be foreigners, were killed as alert troops foiled yet another infiltration bid from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) in Keran sector in the frontier district of Kupwara in north Kashmir on Sunday, a defence ministry spokesman said.
Troops guarding the Line of Control (LoC) in Keran sector noticed a group of militants sneaking into this side from PoK in Keran sector in the wee hours under the cover of darkness, Col Rajesh Kalia told UNI. However, when challenged and asked to surrender, the militants opened indiscriminate firing with automatic weapons, he said, adding that troops also retaliated, ensuing in an encounter in the forest area near LoC.
Col Kalia said in the initial gun battle, three militants were killed. Later one more militant, who was trying to flee, was gunned down at a distance in the woods.
Troops later killed fifth militant in the area, where a massive search operation was going on when the reports last came in.
This was the fourth infiltration attempt by militants from PoK during the past few weeks.
About 10 militants were killed after the sneaked into this side in north Kashmir during the past few weeks. However, a soldier was martyred and another was injured in one of the encounter.
Large number of militants are waiting at launch pads near LoC to infiltrate into this side from POK during summer month. However, troops are already on high alert and have intensified ground and night patrolling to foil any attempt by militants to enter this side. (UNI)