September 2017 News

Army Foils Attack On Kalgai Camp; Kills 1 More Militant

25 September 2017
The Daily Excelsior
Fayaz Bukhari

Srinagar: Army today said that they foiled a major attack on Army's Kalgai camp near the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri area of Baramulla district and recovered body of another militant , taking the number of militants killed in the operation to four. Deputy Commander of 12-Brigade of Army based in Uri town, Colonel Harpreet Singh, told a news conference that militants were well equipped and intended to carry out a major attack on Army's Kalgai camp in Uri. 'These terrorists had infiltrated well equipped with explosives and intended to carry out a major attack on the army camp at Kalgai. The alertness and resilience of Army troops who engaged and neutralized the terrorists resulted in foiling another devastating terror strike in Uri sector', said Col Singh. The Army officer said that they were trying to carry out last year's Uri Brigade Headquarter type of attack. 'Absolutely the way they have attacked and the warlike stores including IEDs suggested that they were likely to carry out the attack of the same magnitude', he said. Army today said that they recovered body of another militant from Kalgai area of Uri taking the number of militants killed in the operation to four. The operation was launched yesterday and it was resumed this morning following reports that more militants were hiding in the area. Col Singh said that the search operation is still underway and we planned to clear the whole sector. He said operation is still underway and 'we are trying, to sanitize the whole area. We had inputs especially regarding these four'. While giving details of the operation Col Singh said: 'specific information was received by the Army from the sources about the presence of suspected terrorist in the adjoining areas of Kalgai camp. Late in the night of 23 September army established a cordon in the area by midnight and intercepted the terrorists while they were moving. After an exchange of fire the terrorist took shelter in inhabited house wherein civilians were also present and they took the residents as the hostages. The civilians were rescued and taken out safely in a deliberate operation. After the daylong fire fight, four likely foreign terrorists were eliminated and a lot of warlike stores was recovered from them including IEDs'. The Army officer said: 'While one terrorist was killed in the early morning, the remaining three kept the troops engaged by moving from one house to another taking the advantage of thick foliage and maze fields there. The houses were cleared by the Army in a deliberate operation during which the remaining three terrorists were also eliminated. The local mosque in the close vicinity was cleared by the police keeping the sensitivities in mind'.

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