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2 soldiers, 2 militants killed as Army foils infiltration bid in KupwaraA group of heavily armed militants was intercepted in Nowgam sector. File photo

2 soldiers, 2 militants killed as Army foils infiltration bid in Kupwara

30 Jul 2016 | 4:02 PM

SRINAGAR: Two militants and two soldiers were killed as the Army foiled an infiltration bid near Line of Control in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district. Due to the civil unrest in Kashmir for the past three weeks, there are intelligence inputs that Pakistan and militant handlers from across are trying to push more militants into the Valley.

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Majid Jahangir

Tribune News Service

Srinagar, July 30

Two militants and two soldiers were killed as the Army foiled an infiltration bid near Line of Control in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.

Defence sources said the gun fight erupted when a group of heavily armed militants was intercepted in Nowgam sector, 120 km northwest of Srinagar, during the intervening night of Friday and Saturday close to the Line of Control.

“As the group was challenged they opened indiscriminate firing triggering a gun fight. In the fierce gunfight that followed two jawans and two militants were killed and another soldier was injured,” sources said.

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The identity of the slain soldiers and militants could not be established immediately.

The operation is still underway. Two AK rifles, a grenade launcher and other ammunition were recovered from the encounter site.

This is the second major gun fight in this sector in past few days. On July 26, four Pakistani militants were killed and another militant Bahadur Ali, alias Saifullah, of Lahore was apprehended.

Due to the civil unrest in Kashmir for the past three weeks, there are intelligence inputs that Pakistan and militant handlers from across are trying to push more militants into the Valley.  

There has been an increase in infiltration this year. Official figures reveal that 54 militants have infiltrated into Kashmir till June. Last year, 35 militants had infiltrated into the Valley.

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