Troops Foil Infiltration Bid, Gun Down 7 More Terrorists

23 August 2008
The Times of India

Srinagar: A day after an army Colonel, two soldiers and five militants were killed in a fierce encounter, which is still going on, troops on Saturday gunned down seven more terrorists trying to infiltrate into the Indian side of LoC in Macchal sector of north Kashmir's Kupwara district. On Friday Col J Thomas, a resident of Bangalore, and soldiers - Sultan Singh of Sikar in Rajasthan and Navin Kumar of Rewari in Haryana - were killed in the encounter. Col Thomas, commanding officer of the 45 Rashtriya Rifles, the specialised counter-insurgency force in Jammu and Kashmir, was killed while leading the operations against a big group of 'foreign militants'. 'On Saturday, seven militants were killed in the fresh exchange of fire which began in the wee hours taking the death toll of militants in the operation to 12,' army sources said. The Rashtriya Rifles unit had swung into action on Thursday night after receiving 'specific intelligence' that a group of foreign militants was hiding in the forests after crossing the Line of Control.