Kupwara encounters: 7 militants killed in 24 hours


A joint team of 21 Rashtriya Rifles and Handwara Police are engaged in a gunbattle since last night with a group of militants hidden in the forest area.An unidentified militant was killed in a gunbattle with security forces in north Kashmir’s Kupwara today, the seventh militant to be killed in three encounters in the district since Thursday.
The fresh encounter broke out in Petha Wadar forest area of Handwara this morning, an army official said.
A search operation was launched by a joint team of police and army after receiving specific inputs about the presence of militants in the area. The hiding militants fired upon them, triggering an encounter in which the militant was killed.He said the operation was on when reports last came in.Today’s encounter is the third in Kupwara district since yesterday in which a total of seven militants have been killed so far.
Yesterday, three militants were killed in an encounter in Dobwan forests of Lolab area of the district.n another gunfight last evening in Waterkhani forests of Drugmulla area of the district, another three militants were killed by the security forces.
Brigadier Rajiv Pori, who is one of the sector commander in LOC sector in Kupwara, said India Today that infiltration during month of June has increased abruptly and at least 35 to 40 infiltration bids were made by terrorists during last one month.
He added that there are more than 4o launching pads across LOC and heavily armed militants are desperate for infiltration.
Killed militants in three encounters since Thursday morning are all believed fresh infiltrators and are believed from Lashker I toiba.
Army has recovered large quantity of arms ammunition, GPS and maps from killed terrorists.
Intelligence reports have also suggested that some of these freshly infiltrated terrorists have managed to reach south Kashmir and security forces are monitoring the moment of these militants too.

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