3 Pak Militants Killed In Poonch

3 December 2015
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Ravi Krishnan Khajuria & DK Sudan

Jammu: At least three heavily armed Pakistani terrorists were gunned down in a fierce gun battle in the Sabzian sector of Poonch district on Thursday evening. 'Three militants have been killed. The operation is still on,' said a defence spokesperson. 'It was an infiltration bid, which the Army foiled in the Poonch sector around 5 pm killing three heavily armed terrorists in the gun battle. The operation was launched in the evening hours when the infiltration bid was detected on surveillance devices by alert soldiers,' he said. The area has been cordoned off and search operations were on till reports last poured in, he added. The failed infiltration bid and elimination of three militants was a big blow to the nefarious designs of terrorists and their handlers across the LoC who have been waiting and planning for infiltration for a long time, said the spokesperson. There have been no deaths, injuries or any other damage on the Indian side, he added. On November 25, three militants were killed when they tried to storm a camp of 3-1 Gorkha Rifles close to the LoC at Tangdhar in Kupwara district. A civilian was killed in the attack. An Intelligence source said that the gun duel between the armed terrorists and soldiers of 40 Rashtriya Rifles raged on in Jamia Nullah in the Sabzian sector. 'Though the exact number is not known, seven or eight (militants) tried to infiltrate into the Indian side. The Army had specific intelligence about the attempt and alert soldiers were placed at ambush points. As soon as the group tried to sneak into the Indian territory, soldiers challenged the intruders and opened fire resulting in a heavy gun-fight,' he said. In the heavy gun duel, three terrorists were gunned down, he added. 'Bodies of two militants have been retrieved while the third body is yet to be retrieved. Because of the intense fight, soldiers have not been able to retrieve the body of the third slain ultra,' he said, adding that intermittent fire was still on between soldiers and militants. 'This time around Pakistani Army didn't give any cover fire to the ultras but without their backing they (ultras) could never have indulged in such mischief,' he added. The official divulged that the Jamia Nullah area where the encounter started was on the Anganpathri axis and lead to the Anita Top post and eventually to the Kashmir valley. Kashmir, this year, has seen a spurt in terror attacks orchestrated by Pakistan from across the LoC and the international border.