May 26, 2022 11:30 pm

3 Shot Dead While Crossing LoC in Kupwara: Police

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Army Porter Also Slain In Pre-Dawn Encounter

Srinagar- The government forces on Thursday claimed to have foiled an infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) in Keran Sector of North Kashmir’s Kupwara district by killing three Pakistani militants of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in a pre-dawn encounter.

Army also lost a porter during the exchange of fire with militants, a police spokesperson said.

Giving more details, he said, that a joint team of army and police laid an ambush in village Jumagund near LoC on the basis of specific input about the infiltration of militants. The infiltrating militants, he said, opened fire upon the joint party after being intercepted and challenged by the latter.

The spokesperson said that the fire was returned by the joint team setting off an encounter. In the ensuing encounter, he said, all the three infiltrated militants were killed.

He further said that on the basis of source report and documents recovered from them, the killed militants have been identified as Pakistani nationals of Lashkar.

“Incriminating materials, arms & ammunition including 03 AK series rifles, 12 AK Magazines, 01 Pistol, 02 Pistol Magazines and 03 Mobile Phones have been recovered from their possession,” the spokesperson said.

He quoted IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar as terming the elimination of the three Pakistani LeT militants as a big success.

Kumar, he said, also congratulated the joint forces for successive operations leading to the elimination of 6 foreign militants in last 24 hours which adds the tally of killed foreign militants to 26¬ — 14 from Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and 12 from LeT, during the current year in the valley.

“Police have registered a case in this regard and further investigation has been initiated,” he added.

Meanwhile, an army porter was also killed in the encounter that raged around 4:45 am on Thursday, a defence spokesperson said.

He further said that “exporting terrorism” in J&K has been a state policy of Pakistan in the last three decades.

The spokesperson said that increased desperation of militant handlers in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir is evident as a result of effect-based operations conducted by the Indian Army and prevailing peace and tranquility evident from large number of tourists coming to the valley.

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