SRINAGAR: In a significant operation conducted by joint security forces in the frontier district of Kupwara in north Kashmir, a large cache of arms and ammunition was recovered, officials said on Friday.

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An official said that acting on specific intelligence provided by the Border Security Forces (BSF), a joint operation by the Jammu and Kashmir Police and the Army’s 28 RR in Sogam forest led to the discovery of a substantial quantity of arms and ammunition at a hideout.

Officials suspected that the militants had planned to utilise the war-like stores during the forthcoming parliamentary elections in Kupwara and Lolab areas.

“The recovered items included an AK47 rifle, 5 AK magazines, 1135 AK rounds, 6 Under Barrel Grenade Launchers (UBGL), 5 hand grenades, 23 Chinese hand grenades, 40 MM MGL rounds, 5 pistol magazines, 65 pistol rounds, 13 UBGL hand grenades, 1 improvised explosive device (IED), 175 rounds for a PIKA gun, 2 binoculars, 1 PNV sight, 1 blanket, and 1 poncho,” they said.

“This is a major operation, which has dealt a significant blow to the nefarious designs of PoJK-based terrorist groups who have consistently sought to disrupt peace and tranquility in the Kashmir Valley,” officials added.

Meanwhile, a formal case has been registered at the Sogam Police Station, and an investigation has been initiated, officials added—(KNO)

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