3 Shot Dead On LOC

SRINAGAR: Three militants were killed in an ongoing encounter with army in Uri sector along the Line of Control in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district, official sources said on Wednesday.

They said that acting on a tip off, troops of 3 DOGRA cordoned off the Kundari forest area near LoC in Uri sector in Baramulla district.

A group of militants present there opened indiscriminate fire upon troops sparking off a fierce gunfight, sources said. “Three militants have been killed so far,” sources said, adding that the operation was still in progress and the bodies of the militants had not been tretreaved.

Divulging the details, GOC 19 Division VG Khandare said that soldiers of 03 DOGRA Regiment last night witnessed the movement of suspected people in the area of Kundari Nalla on the LoC. “The suspected people were three to four in number,” the officer said, adding they were asked to stop, but they opened heavy fire. The operation was in progress and the area has a difficult terrain, he added.

The Army officer said that a thorough search operation is going on in the area with the help of reinforcements.

Defence sources said that following the infiltration attempt, the vigil along the LoC has been intensified and combing operations have been started. “Soldiers have increased vigil along the LoC as intelligence reports suggest that groups of militants are waiting to infiltrate into the Kashmir Valley.”

They said the soldiers are carrying out combing and search operations through the dense forests in Keran, Macchil, Handwara, Kupwara and Gurez sectors of the Valley which have emerged as favored infiltration routes for militants over the past couple of years. 

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