8 militants killed in J&K
18 April 2001
Jammu: At least eight militants were killed and three security personnel injured in a fierce encounter in Gullak village of Kathua district on Wednesday afternoon. According to the police, a group of militants who recently sneaked into the State from Pakistan, on Tuesday night asked for shelter in a house in the village, about 65 km, south of Jammu and about 30 km from the Indo-Pakistan border. The house owner had to provide shelter due to fear. Later, the house-owner managed to inform the police about the presence of militants in his house.The police along with the army cordoned the area on Wednesday morning and asked the militants to surrender. The police said that the militants fired at the security forces, injuring an army captain, a jawan and a police constable. The security forces returned the fire. The ensuing gunbattle continued for about four hours. The police said that the militants" hideout got blasted due heavy exchange of fire. The police later recovered the bodies of eight militants belonging to pro-pakistan militant outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba. The police said, "the militants might have infiltrated recently from Pakistan, and that all killed militants were foreigners." The police have recovered eight AK 47 rifles, five UBGLs, one Pika and three radio sets, besides some ration, clothings and currency. The security forces have launched massive search in the area that has routes to upper reaches of Kathua district, Udhampur and Doda districts, besides connections to Chamba area of neighbouring Himachal Pradesh. The security forces described the operation as a major success and that it was achieved due to the cooperation of the local people.