Five Terrorists Killed In Kashmir Encounter

Five Terrorists Killed In Kashmir Encounter

1 October 2012
Deccan Herald
Zulfikar Majid

Srinagar: In a six-hour long fierce gunbattle security forces killed five terrorists in north Kashmir’s Kangan area of Ganderbal district on Monday. Police said the five militants killed in Wangath area, 50 km from here, were foreigners and belonged to the Hizbul Mujahideen. General Officer Commanding of Army’s Victor Force, R R Nimborkar said that on specific information about the presence of a group of terrorists in the forest areas of Wangath village, Rashtriya Rifles troops and the special operations group of the state police launched a joint operation in the wee hours on Monday. “We had inputs that a group of militants were moving in the area. As Army and Police party cordoned off the area, terrorists fired on search party at about 7.00 am which was retaliated, triggering a fierce encounter. In the six hour long encounter five terrorists were killed,” the GOC said while addressing a press conference in Wussan area of Ganderbal after the encounter ended. Asked whether the terrorists had infiltrated recently from across the Line of Control, he said: “This time it is impossible to say whether they were part of any newly infiltrated group or not. The killed terrorists might have entered Kangan area from neighbouring Bandipora forests.” Superintendent of Police Ganderbal Shahid Mehraj confirmed that all the killed militants were foreigners. “All the killed militants are Pakistanis. We have recovered five AK 47 rifles and two under barrel grenade launchers from the slain militants,” Mehraj told Deccan Herald. He said that the group was active in the area for the last couple of months and police was tracing their movements. Police identified four of the slain militants as Abu Bakar, Abu Khalid, Murtaza and Abdul Gazi. The identification of the fifth militant is being ascertained. Of late, sources said, the Army was using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to detect the movement of militants in forest areas. These UAVs, they said, are fitted with highly sophisticated gadgets including sensors and thermal imagers. The Army personnel have also been provided with hand-held thermal imagers and night vision devices. “These gadgets have been highly effective in monitoring the movement of militants on and across the LoC,” sources added.