Army Foils Major Infiltration Bid In J&K, 30 Militants Still Trapped

Army Foils Major Infiltration Bid In J&K, 30 Militants Still Trapped

26 September 2013
Times of India
M. Saleem Pandit

Srinagar: A major infiltration attempt by militants has been foiled by the Army in Keran sector in Jammu & Kashmir's Kupwara district in the last two days, with the encounter between the terrorists and the jawans still on. Army sources on Thursday said 30 militants are believed to be trapped in the area and unconfirmed reports said 10 to 12 militants had been killed. They said the figure of those dead will be confirmed only after the encounter concludes. General officer-in-command, 15 Corps, Lt Gen Gurmeet Singh said that nearly 30-35 militants were caught trying to infiltrate. Nearly 10 to 12 of them, mostly belonging to Hizbul Mujahideen, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Al Badr and Jaish-e-Mohammed are believed killed. 'The anti-insurgency operation started on September 24 and contacts were established with the infiltrating militants at multiple points,' an Army official said, adding that their numbers were established on the basis of the pattern of gunfire. He dismissed reports that helicopters were used to target the militants. 'Choppers were used to airlift troops from various locations for the operation and not used in the firefight,' he added. Lt Gen Singh said the infiltration was foiled by alert troops. He said the Army knew about militant movement in the area with the help of its intelligence network. 'Our intelligence network helped us in foiling the infiltration bid,' he said. 'UAVs took pictures of the bodies. The situation is under control,' Singh said adding that once the operation ends, they would be able to give the number of militants killed. 'There's been no casualty on the part of Indian Army,' he said.