Militant Group Intercepted At LoC 4 Militants, Soldier Killed In Valley
5 October 2007
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: Even as a top wanted 'District Commander' of Lashkar-e-Toiba, namely Abu Furqan, has died and two of his associates are still fighting the troops in Shopian area, Army has intercepted yet another group of infiltrators and killed at least three of them while suffering loss of one soldier on the LoC in Karnah sector today. Informed sources told EXCELSIOR that troops of 16-Bihar noticed the movement of a group of six militants near Eagle Post in Karnah sector, close to LoC, in the wee hours today. As the militants were challenged to halt, they opened heavy gunfire and attempted to escape back towards the LoC. It triggered off a fierce gunbattle that lasted the whole day. Sources said that three of the militants had been killed by this evening and troops had extended siege to a vast locality in search of remaining three militants of the group. One soldier, namely Rifleman Badal Hafda, got killed and two more injured. Sources said that the operation was in progress and remaining three militants of the group were believed to be hiding in bushes and ravines. According to official sources, it was a fresh group of three militants which had successfully sneaked into the Indian side from a base in Athmuqam township of PoK. Spokesperson at headquarters 15 Corps, Lt Col A K Mathur, confirmed the death of three militants and said that Army had not suffered any fatal casualty. He maintained that one soldier had sustained critical injuries. Sources said that on the basis of a specific information, troops of Rashtriya Rifles 62 Bn, alongwith SOG Pulwama and SOG Kulgam, swooped on a militant hideout at Chitragam, a village on Shopian-Kulgam Road, in the late afternoon today. According to the tip off, a group of three militants of Lashkar-e- Toiba was hiding in the village. No sooner did the troops reach the village than the militants opened fire and made desperate attempts to escape. Sources said that Lashkar's former 'District Commander' for Anantnag, Abu Furqan, got killed but two of his associates were holed up and fighting the troops. Official sources said that after working as Lashkar's 'District Commander' in Doda for over the last one year, Abu Furqaan had been recently shifted to take over as 'District Commander' for Kulgam belt. This slot in the guerrilla organisation had, of late, fallen vacant with the death of a senior militant, Khabib, in the south Kashmir belt of Kulgam.