Pak infiltration at LoC: Army officer, five militants killed
19 June 2001
The Indian Express
Srinagar: Eight people, including an Army officer and five militants, were killed as the Army foiled an attempt by Pakistani intruders to sneak into Kashmir valley near the line of control (LoC) in Avuri sector of North Kashmir, official sources said. Security forces confronted the infiltrators from across the border at Branpora-Bijhama in Lachipora area of Uri sector in Baramulla district on Monday night. In the exchange of fire, five militants and an Army officer were killed. The intense gunbattle continued throughout the night. Large quantity of arms and ammunition, including three AK assault rifles and two pistols, were also recovered, sources said. In the encounter, Lt Mahesh was killed. Intermittent firing in the area is still continuing as Army has sealed the entire border belt near the scene of the encounter. Efforts are on to flush out other members of the group who took shelter in the nearby forests. This is the first time in three years that an encounter has taken place between infiltrators and security forces in the sector. Meanwhile, two unidentified militants were killed in an encounter with security forces at Varsun in Trehgam village of frontier district of Kupwara on Tuesday. Army moved in to the village to flush out the militants on Tuesday morning, but the raid sparked off a fierce encounter resulting in the killing of the two hiding militants, the spokesman said. Two AK assault rifles and some ammunition were recovered from the slain militants. In another operation, the official spokesman said, a locally trained militant of Al-Fateh outfit was apprehended by the security forces from his house at Bandipora area of Baramulla on Monday. Two kgs of explosives, a remote control device, two RPG rockets and four grenades were recovered from him.