Jammu and Kashmir: 2 terrorists killed as infiltration bid is foiled in Kupwara's Machil sector

Security forces on Saturday foiled a infiltration bid in the Machil sector of Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district and killed two terrorists, ANI reported. According to the report, the encounter is still underway in the area.

"An infiltration bid has been foiled in Machhil sector and two terrorists have been killed," defence spokesman Col. Rajesh Kalia said.

Kalia said troops noticed suspicious movement along the LoC and challenged the intruders, leading to a gunfight in which the two militants were killed. Weapons have been recovered from the slain militants, the spokesman said.

The latest development came just hours after Pakistan violated the ceasefire in Arnia sector, killing livestock and damaging several properties.

IANS reported that the Pakistan forces also resorted to shelling and firing using mortars, automatics and small arms.

On 5 September, the Border Security Force (BSF) had recovered the body of a militant killed in an infiltration bid along the International Border (IB) in Arnia sector of Jammu district.

 Jammu and Kashmir: 2 terrorists killed as infiltration bid is foiled in Kupwaras Machil sector

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"The body of a militant, killed by the troops when they foiled an infiltration along the IB in Arnia sector on Monday, was recovered on Tuesday," a BSF officer said.

On 8 August, the army had foiled a major infiltration attempt by militants to cross over from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) into the Machhil sector, killing five ultras in the ensuing shootout.

"A major infiltration bid was foiled in the Machhil sector by alert troops," a defence spokesman had said in Srinagar.

Thirty-eight militants were killed as the army foiled a total of 22 infiltration bids along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir until June 2017. According to the army, infiltration attempts were foiled at Gurez, Machhil, Naugam and Uri sectors between 6 and 8 June, in which seven armed intruders were eliminated.

"In the current year, 22 infiltration attempts have been foiled and 34 armed intruders eliminated on the LoC," a senior army officer had said in June this year.


With inputs from agencies

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Updated Date: Sep 16, 2017 10:52:00 IST