3 infiltrators killed near LoC in Uri
27 November 2005
The Daily Excelsior
Excelsior Special Correspondent
Srinagar: Foiling yet another infiltration bid across the quake devastated Line of Control (LoC) in Uri sector, troopers gunned down three militants while they were attempting to cross over to this side along with arms and ammunition. Elsewhere in the Valley, security forces arrested a militant and recovered huge explosive material from him. According to defence sources, troopers in a surgical operation on LoC in Uri sector foiled an infiltration bid and killed three militants during last night. Sources said that the alert troops noticed a movement at LoC near Hathlanga village in Uri sector, following which they (troopers) tracked the infiltrators till they reached near the fencing area. Sources said that the militants were challenged and asked to surrender, however, the intruders opened fire, which was returned ensuing in a short but fierce gun battle. Three militants were shot down during the encounter, sources said. Among the recoveries made during the operation, the defence sources said that three AK rifles, one pistol, 617 rounds of AK ammunition, one UBGL and ten hand grenades were recovered from the slain militants. Defence spokesman Colonel VK Batra said that the identification and the group affiliation of the slain militants were being ascertained. Incidentally the infiltration from across the LoC occurred, when President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam was to visit Uri. Meanwhile, security forces said that a huge cache of explosives was recovered from a village in Sumbal north Kashmir. Sources said that security forces seized 16 kg of explosive and gun powder from one Zahoor Ahmad Dar at Naidkhai village in Sumbal area of north Kashmir.