Nine infiltrators, trooper killed in ongoing two LoC encounters: Army

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Srinagar: The army on Tuesday said that it nine infiltrators in two ongoing encounters along the Line of Control (LoC) at Uri and in Nowgam sector in north Kashmir’s Baramulla and Kupwara districts respectively while a trooper has also been killed in one of the gunfights.

An army official told news agency GNS that the army troopers foiled an intrusion attempt by engaging a major group of infiltrators in a gunfight at Gorital sector of Lachipora village in Uri. He said that in the gunfire exchange, eight intruders were shot dead by army’s 10 Dogra while the firing is still going on.

Earlier, Indian and Pakistani troopers traded gunfire along LoC at Kamalkote in Uri sector. The defence sources alleged that Pakistan violated the ceasefire by firing on Indian posts with light motor arms, a charge however denied by Pakistan, according to media reports. There was no casualty reported on the either side.

As the encounter at Uri was underway, another encounter raged at Neeriyan forest area in Nowgam sector of Handwara in Kupwara district between suspected infiltrators and army’s 20 Dogra Unit. According to army sources, one militant has been shot dead and also an army man namely Havaldar Madan Lal has died in the firefight. The sources said that there could be four to five militants and the gunfight is still underway.

Following the outbreak of gunfights along the LoC areas, the army units launched massive searches in Tanghar, Karnah, Uri, Nowgam and other areas close to LoC as they suspect that militants might have sneaked into this side while taking advantage of the encounters.

The encounters along the LoC came two days after four Fidayeen attackers of Jaish-e-Muhammad stormed Brigade headquarters in Uri and killed eighteen soldiers. The attackers were also later shot dead by the troops while India has directly blamed Pakistan for the attack in Uri. The tensions between the two countries have since escalated but Pakistan denied all Indian allegations. (GNS)

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