Four More Infiltration Bids Foiled Near Gurez, 20 Killed
16 July 2005
The Indian Express
Srinagar: As the Army stepped up its combing operations in the remote Gurez sector today, four more infiltration bids were foiled, in which 20 militants were killed. This takes the number of infiltration bids to six since the Army detected the movement of a large group of intruders in Gurez on Tuesday. Army personnel today recovered two more bodies, taking the number of militants killed in the operation to 11. Today, there were four infiltration attempts. The Army says that four militants had entered Keran sector late last night, and were killed in an early morning operation. In another bid, two militants were killed at Rangwar near Chowkibal in Kupwara. Five others were killed while attempting to sneak in at Khore in Jammu. The biggest infiltration bid took place at Torna, south of Rampur in Uri, where Army killed 9 militants when they crossed over the LoC fence near Sumawali village. 'We recorded the movement of a group of militants through our surveillance equipment at around 4 am today,' Major General Harwant Krishan, General Officer Commanding, 19 Infantry Division said. 'We let them sneak in 600 to 700 ft. If we had launched an offensive right at the LoC, some of them would have fled.' Gen Krishan said an offensive was launched at 4.30 am. 'All the nine infiltrating militants were killed.' Brigadier B S Pama, who headed the Army's response, said the militants belong to a new group, the Jammu and Kashmir Freedom Force. 'We recovered the organisation's letter pads. They were also carrying pictures of Osama bin Laden,' he said. The Army also killed two militants in two operations at Turkpora, Baramulla and Boban, Kupwara today.