Kashmir: Infiltration bid foiled, 3 Pakistani terrorists, Army porter killed in gunfight

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Srinagar: In yet another operation based on precise intelligence, security forces in Kashmir today killed three freshly-infiltrated Pakistani terrorists of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) outfit, raising to 26 the number of foreign terrorists eliminated in the last 5 months.

A porter of the Indian Army was also killed in the encounter that took place in Kupwara district’s Jamagund village, which is close to the Line of Control (LoC) dividing Jammu and Kashmir in 2 parts.

The three terrorists were intercepted by the Jammu and Kashmir Police and the Army after they reached Jamagund after crossing the LoC, police said.

The operation was conducted on the basis of specific input developed by Kupwara Police regarding infiltration attempt of militants, the police said.

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A police spokesman here said an ambush was put in place by the Police and the Army in the said area.
When the infiltrating terrorists were spotted, they were challenged. The terrorists opened fire at the joint security party, which retaliated, resulting in an encounter in which all the three terrorists were killed, the spokesman said.
“One Army’s porter namely Abdul Lateef Mir of Kuchiban Jummagund, got injured in the said encounter. Later on he succumbed to injuries in hospital,” he added.

“From the incriminating materials recovered, the 03 killed terrorists have been identified as Pakistani, affiliated with terror outfit LeT,” IGP  (Kashmir) Vijay Kumar said.

He added that so far this year, 26 foreign terrorists have been killed in Kashmir. They included 14 of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and 12 of LeT.

Defence spokesperson said ‘war-like’ stores were recovered from the slain terrorists which points to an intent to disrupt the upcoming Amarnath Yatra beginning on June 30.

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“Pakistan’s nefarious designs to revive the dying agenda and keep the pot boiling in J&K under the garb of Ceasefire Understanding by Pakistan Army is the new deceit.
“The elimination of three Pakistani terrorists, recovery of war like stores to include stores for Improvised Explosive Devices is a clear indication of an intent to disrupt peace, prosperity of locals and the impending Amarnath Yatra,” the Defence spokesman said.
He said that an “increased desperation of terrorist handlers in POJK (Pakistan Occupied Jammu and Kashmir) is evident as a result of effect-based operations conducted by the Indian Army and prevailing peace and tranquility evident from large number of tourists coming to the valley,” he said.

This was the second infiltration bid foiled by the forces in Kupwara in the last one week.

Earlier, on May 20, a terrorist from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir was killed and another wounded as the Army foiled their attempt to sneak in via the Tangdhar sector of Kupwara.