November 2017 News

Militant, Soldier Killed, Two Soldiers Injured In Keran

22 November 2017
Brighter Kashmir

Srinagar: A militant and an army soldier were killed in Kupwara's Keran sector near Line of Control (LoC), a defence ministry spokesman said Wednesday afternoon. He said troops guarding the LoC noticed a group of militants sneaking into this side from Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) in Keran sector this morning under the cover of darkness. However, when challenged and asked to surrender, militants opened indiscriminate firing with automatic weapons, Col Rajesh Kalia said. He said troops also retaliated and in the exchange of gun fight a militant was killed. 'We also lost a soldier,' he said adding two others were injured. Braving chilly weather condition, a massive search operation has been launched in the entire dense woods; he said adding additional security forces have been rushed to further tightened the Cordoned and Search Operation (CASO) from different direction. A senior Army officer recently said that a 'large number of militants are waiting across the LoC in launch pads to sneak into this side from PaK before the infiltration routes are closed due to heavy snowfall.' He said this year about 66 infiltrators was killed immediately after they sneak into this side near the LoC. Security forces are already on high alert to foil any infiltration bid before heavy snowfall, he said.