Army Foils Infiltration Near Kupwara, Militant Killed

20 June 2015
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Majid Jahangir

Srinagar: The Army today foiled an infiltration bid, fourth in nearly a month, killing one militant in an ongoing operation in north Kashmir's Machil sector in frontier Kupwara district. The combing operation was underway to flush out the armed infiltrators hiding in the vast dense forest area with rugged terrain along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Machil sector, 140 km from here. The exchange of fire started at 2.45 am, after a group of militants was challenged by soldiers close to the LoC, when they were trying to sneak into the Valley. 'A body along with one AK-47, magazines, ammunition and warlike stores has been recovered,' an Army official said, adding the identity of the slain militant was yet to be ascertained. The seizure also included three rucksacks, indicating that the causalities of militants could be more. 'We have recovered one body and we can confirm the death of only one militant,' the official said. Defence sources said a group of militants was intercepted by the soldiers close to the LoC in Machil. More soldiers had been rushed to the area to ensure that no militant could escape, they said. Since May 25, the Army has foiled three infiltration bids, two in the Tangdhar sector and one in Nowgam. Eight militants and three soldiers have been killed during gunfights.