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 told GNS 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.
As such, the army while intensifying the combing operation, the group of militants who might have recently infiltrated opened indiscriminate fire upon troops, ensuing a massive gunfight, sources said. “Three militants were killed so far,” sources said, adding that the operation is still in progress and the bodies of the militants could be seen on next side of the LoC.
Divulging the details, GOC 19 Division VG Khandare told Global News Service 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 is 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 reinforcement.
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.