SRINAGAR: Army troops scuttled a major bid by Pakistan to send militants into Jammu and Kashmir where 12 people, including six Pakistani intruders, a foreign mercenary and an Army Jawan, were killed and 13 others wounded since last evening.
An official spokesman said today a patrol party of 2/9 Gorkha Rifles challenged the heavily-armed militants, who had entered Indian territory from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) through Shamaswari range in the Nowgam sector of Kupwara district taking advantage of poor visibility. The militants who took positions in the rocky area and opened fire on the troops were surrounded by the platoon of the Gorkha Rifles. All the six Pakistani intruders were killed in the nearly three-hour long shootout.
Four AK assault rifles and a large quantity of ammunition and explosives were recovered from them, he said. The troops suffered no casualty in the encounter.
The spokesman said a Pakistani militant, Ilyas of Gujranwala, was killed when he attempted to escape from custody in Barian-Samba sector of Jammu last night.
A Jawan was killed and eight others sustained splinter injuries last evening in a powerful land mine explosion at Sarnal-Dharat on K.P. road leading to Amarnath cave.
Meanwhile, Pakistani troops fired artillery shells on Kargil town this afternoon. The shelling started at 11.45 a.m. and within minutes scores of shells landed near the district hospital. However, there was no report of loss of life or damage to property.
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