Kupwara Gunfight: Para Commandos Called in

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KUPWARA: Para commandos on Saturday launched a massive search operation in many forest areas along Line of Control (LoC) in Kupwara to trace the militants who managed to break the military cordon after a brief exchange of gunfight a day earlier that left two soldiers injured.
A police official said that army’s 41 RR today morning conducted searches near the encounter site at Payerpati in Manigah. After conducting searches in the vast area, the forces did not found body of any militant, he said.
The official said that the militants of LeT outfit believed to be three to four in number had managed to escape last night while taking advantage of darkness.
“One militant among the group had reportedly received a bullet wound while fleeing,” he said, adding that the whole area has been cordoned off to track them.
Meanwhile, army’s Para commandos from 4 PARA along with 41 RR have intensified the searches in many forest areas including Payerpati, Manigah, Kumkadi, Trumnad and Safawali along the LoC to trace out the militant group.
Army’s Srinagar based senior defence ministry official said that search operation to track down the militant group is in progress. However, so far there has not been any fresh contact with the militants hiding in the area, he said.
“Both the soldiers who sustained injuries last evening in the gunfight are stable,” he added.
Pertinently, the group, according to sources, had infiltrated some nine or ten days back and was trapped in the mountainous terrain due to heavy rains and snowfall.
On Nov 10, the army unit had recovered the body of a militant who is believed to have died due to severe cold. (GNS)

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