Infiltration Bid Foiled, Three Militants Killed In Tangdhar

6 October 2014
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Majid Jahangir

Srinagar: On a day when Pakistani troops opened heavy mortar shelling and firing along the international border in the Jammu region, the Army foiled an infiltration bid in the frontier district of Kupwara in the Kashmir region killing three unidentified militants. The three were killed close to the Line of Control (LoC) in the Tangdhar sector, 185 kms from Srinagar. Last month, four militants were killed in the same area when they were trying to sneak in to the Valley. The Army said the encounter erupted during the intervening night of Sunday and Monday when the troops of 5-5 GR noticed the suspected movement close to the LoC. 'The troops deployed along the LoC in the Tangdhar sector observed the movement of a group of terrorists along the fencing. The counter infiltration grid was reinforced while the terrorists were kept under constant surveillance till they crossed the fencing. The terrorists were effectively engaged resulting in elimination of all the three terrorists,' an Army spokesperson in Srinagar said. During searches three AK-47, 78 rounds of AK-47, seven magazines, one radio set, a night vision device, two hand grenades and other warlike stores were recovered, the spokesperson added. He, however, said the identity of the terrorists was yet to be ascertained. The sources though claimed the three belonged to the Lashkar-e-Toiba. The troops after conducting searches in the forests called off the operation in the area Monday afternoon. Sources said militants were desperate to infiltrate into the Valley before the snow blocks the mountain passes along the LoC for several months. The militants, they said, were also trying to take advantage of the heavy damage to the LoC fence by the flash floods last month that triggered heavy landslides in the upper reaches of the Valley. In past the four weeks, the Army has foiled four infiltration attempts in which 12 militants have been killed. Terror trail: * September 10: Three militants killed in the Keran sector * September 17: Two militants killed close to the LoC in the Machil sector * September 20: Four militants killed in the Tangdhar sector.