May 2018 News

3 Militants Gunned Down Near LoC

18 May 2018
The Tribune (Chandigarh)

Srinagar: A day ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit, the Army on Friday claimed to have killed three unidentified militants in an ongoing gunfight in north Kashmir's Kupwara district. The gunfight erupted on Friday evening when a group of freshly infiltrated militants were intercepted by the Army close to the Line of Control (LoC) at the Kanwar Brinjal forest in Handwara, over 100 km from Srinagar. 'As the group was challenged, it opened fire, which was returned. In the ongoing gunfight, three terrorists were killed and the operation is underway,' a senior defence official said. He said the identity and affiliation of the slain militants was being established. The official said the militants had planned to disrupt the ongoing ceasefire in the Valley. 'We were tracing this group since Thursday and we had inputs that the group had directions from across to disrupt the ceasefire in the hinterland,' the official said. The Centre on Wednesday announced cessation of the counter-militancy operations across Kashmir during Ramzan. While the anti-militancy operations have been put off in the Valley, there is no cessation of operations along the LoC. The security forces have been told to retaliate if attacked or if essential to protect the lives of innocent people.