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Army kills 5 militants trying to cross LoC in Kashmir’s Uri sector

LiveMint logoLiveMint 09-06-2017 PTI

Srinagar: Five militants were killed on Friday near the Line of Control (LoC) as the Army foiled yet another infiltration bid in Uri sector of Kashmir, an Army official said.

With this operation, the total number of infiltrating militants killed over the last three days in various sectors has gone up to 12.

The official said a counter-infiltration operation was going on in Uri since Thursday after the troops observed movement of militants trying to sneak into the valley from across the border.

The soldiers engaged the infiltrators, resulting in an encounter in which five militants were killed, the official said.

A defence spokesman had on Thursday said that multiple attempts made by the Pakistan Army to push armed infiltrators across the LoC were foiled by the troops at Machhil and Naugam sectors in Kupwara district, Gurez in Bandipora district and Uri in Baramulla, resulting in the killing of seven militants.

According to the Army, it has successfully foiled seven infiltration attempts in less than a fortnight in north Kashmir. Three of the attempts were scuttled in Uri sector alone.

On 26 May, Army killed two Pakistani Border Action Team (BAT) members who tried to infiltrate into Uri sector in Baramulla district to carry out an attack on the soldiers. Six more militants were killed in the same sector the next day when they attempted to sneak into the valley from across the border.

In the current year, Army foiled 23 infiltration attempts killing 39 armed intruders along the LoC.

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