September 2006 News

6 militants, BSF jawan killed

24 September 2006
The Daily Excelsior

Srinagar: Foiling second infiltration bid in the last four days, the Army shot dead four heavily-armed Pakistani ultras in Uri sector of Kashmir today, raising the number of militants killed along the Line of Control (LoC) in the area to eight, a Defence spokesman said. Four AK assault rifles, a pistol, 15 hand grenades, three radio sets and a large quantity of ammunition were recovered from the deceased, all Pakistani nationals. Two Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants, and a BSF jawan were killed elsewhere in the Valley. The jawan was earlier injured in a blast at Sopore. The four infiltrators were killed after they ignored the troops' warning to surrender and instead opened fire on a search column at Trikanjan forest in Uri sector of Baramulla district this morning, the spokesman said. He said the troops guarding the border had noticed the group crossing the LoC after cutting the fence at 9.45 pm last night. The troops kept a track of them with night vision devices and subsequently three columns were despatched to trap them. As the infiltrators stopped to rest in a forest area near Trikanjan at around 4.30 am, troops laid a cordon and killed them in an encounter that started by 10 am, the spokesman said. In another encounter, two LeT militants identified as Mansoor-ul-Islam alias Abu Mansoor and Abu Turab were killed in a fierce gunbattle at Chattibandi in Bandipora area of North Kashmir's Baramulla district, sources said. On September 21, troops had killed four militants of Pakistan-based LeT in an encounter at Lashtiyal in Uri sector while they were attempting to sneak into the Valley from across the border. In the encounter in which two ultras were gunned down yesterday, two houses too were gutted, official sources said. While the body of one militant was retrieved last evening, that of another ultra was recovered from the debris of the houses this afternoon, they added. Two AK assault rifles and some ammunition were recovered from their possession. BSF constable Ram Mehar of 55th battalion, who was among three jawans injured in an explosion triggered by militants at Sopore in Baramulla district of north Kashmir yesterday, died at the base hospital here this morning, the sources said. The body of the deceased jawan would be sent to his native place in Haryana for cremation.


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