Massive Searches On In North: 3 Militants, Soldier Killed in Fresh Battles

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SRINAGAR: Three militants and a soldier were killed in the ongoing operations at Mooldara and Tanghdar forests in frontier district of Kupwara today pushing the death toll to 14.

Official sources said that two militants and a soldier were killed and two other soldiers injured in an ongoing operation at eagle post in Tanghdar sector. The operation was launched by the troops of 5/5 GR last Monday following inputs that fresh group of 5-6 militants had successfully sneaked into this side of LOC.

The two injured soldiers were immediately airlifted to army’s 92 base hospital here in Srinagar for treatment.

In another similar incident, an unidentified militant was killed in an ongoing operation at Mooldara forest area of Rajwar in Handwara. The operation was launched last Tuesday jointly by the  6 RR, 30RR, 32 RR, 21 RR, 9 PARA and SOG in many parts of Rajwar forests including Hafruda, Mooldara and its adjoining areas following reports of the presence of 4-5 militants in the dense forest areas.

General Officer Commanding (GOC) 28 Div, Lt Gen Lalit Panday said that army has launched massive searches in many parts of the Kupwara forests following the recent rise in infiltrations from across the border.

He said that two militants were killed today in Tanghdar Sector. “One of our soldiers lost his life and two others were injured during the gunfight.”

He said that over 350 militants were waiting at the launching pads across the Line of Control to sneak into this side. The militants who are waiting in different launching pads include Machil, Keran, Tanghdar and Gurez Sectors. “We have specific information that around 375 militants are waiting just across the LoC to cross over to this side,” GOC said “But we are ready and appropriate security measures are in place to foil any such attempt,” he added.

He said there is a high-level of alertness along the LoC in the wake of threat of infiltration.

Meanwhile, sources said that army along with reinforcement have launched massive search operations across North Kashmir forests following fresh inputs that about 14-16 militants are present in these forest areas.

The militants according to sources have managed to sneak in to this side over last 40 days. 

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