Gunbattle Breaks Out in Kupwara Forest

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KUPWARA: A gun-battle resumed between militants and para-commandos of army in forest area along Line of Control (LoC) in this north Kashmir district Monday evening after a 24 hour lull.

A police official said that army’s 41 RR and 4 PARA who have launched massive search operation after a group of Lashkar-e-Taiba militants gave slip to troops on Friday evening at Payerpati village in Haihama near LoC, on Monday evening, intercepted the militant group at Behak forest near Kumkadi.

Soon an encounter ensued which was going on when reports last came in, he said.

The group, according to the police official, had infiltrated on intervening night of 30/31 October and was trapped in the mountainous terrain due to heavy rains and snowfall.

Pertinently, two soldiers were injured on Friday evening when the militants attacked them before escaping from the spot.

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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