March 25, 2009 2:27:32 pm
As the combing operation in the forests of Kupwara is still going on,Army claims that all the slain militants were foreigners owing allegiance to Lashkar-e-Toiba. So far,seventeen militants and eight soldiers have been killed in the operation.
Brigade General Staff 15 Corps,Brigadier Gurmeet Singh said the operation is going on in the thick forests of Kupwara in the difficult mountainous terrain. The militants were primarily an infiltration group attempting to infiltrate and a reception party, he said. The slain militants were foreigners owing their allegiance to Lashkar e Toiba.
Singh said that the majority of the militants have been killed. Remnants if any,will also be eliminated.
The senior army commander said that the militants killed in the encounter were highly trained,well equipped. We have received latest weapons,communication system and maps from the slain militants, he said adding that the items recovered from the slain militants are being used by the state.
Brigadier Singh termed it as a first major infiltration attempt and said that more militants from across the Line of Control are waiting to sneak into the Valley. As per intelligence reports 300 to 400 militants are awaiting on other side of the Line of Control to sneak into the Valley. We are prepared to tackle any infiltration attempt, he said.
Singh said this is the time when militants try to infiltrate into the Valley as not only border fencing is buried under the snow also the snow starts to melt. Besides,huge quantity of war like ammunition,army has so far recovered 23 AK rifles from the encounter site.
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