Army Launches Search Operation To Flush Out Militants

25 May 2009
The Hindu

Srinagar: Security forces on Monday launched a massive search operation in Keran sector of Kupwara district to flush out militants who had possibly infiltrated from across the border, official sources said. A group of militants were seen moving in Kolarnag area in Keran sector, 130 km from here, in the wee hours of Monday and were challenged by the Army troops deployed there, the sources said. They said the troops opened fire on the militants but they escaped taking advantage of darkness leaving behind two AK magazines with four rounds, two hand grenades, a radio set with antenna, a rack sack and a combat jacket which were seized in the subsequent operation. The operation was launched soon after the observance of the movement of the militants and was going on till last reports were received, the sources said. They said there was no fresh contact between the militants and the search parties. Army troops, last week, had scuttled an infiltration bid in nearby Tangdhar sector by killing three militants who were attempting to sneak into the valley from across the border.