September 27, 2013 1:48:11 am
The Army on Thursday said that a massive operation has been launched in frontier district of Kupwara after a group of militants sneaked into the Valley from Keran sector.
Army claims that it could be the biggest infiltration of militants as around 30 to 35 militants sneaked into the Valley after crossing the Line of Control. Army has used UAVs and para commandos in the operation and has cordoned a stretch of forest area and remote villages to block the escape route of militants.
GOC 15 Corps Lt General Gurmeet Singh said all the routes have been sealed. As per our information around 30-35 militants sneaked from Keran sector and 10-12 among them have already been killed, he said.
Lt General Singh said the militants made desperate attempts to sneak into the Valley on September 24 but the troops guarding the Line of Control challenged the infiltrators. The infiltrators returned the fire that started a gunbattle which is still going on, he said.
Singh,however,said that no militants body has been retrieved so far. Our soldiers who are part of the operation have informed us that 10-12 bodies of militants are lying in the area, he said.
Singh said it was a joint infiltration attempt to push a large militant group into the Valley. This infiltration attempt was carried out by four groups Hizbul Mujahideen,Al-badr,Lashkar and Jaish.
Singh said the militants concealed themselves with grass and bushes to deceive the troops guarding the LoC. GOC said the operation is still in progress. On our part,there is no casualty.
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