5 militants killed in Uri gunfight: Army

5 militants killed in Uri gunfight: Army

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SRINAGAR: Army on Monday claimed to have foiled an infiltration bid by killing five militants along LoC in Uri sector of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

Army’s Srinagar based defence spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia told GNS that an infiltration bid was foiled by the alert soldiers near LoC in Uri.

“Five militants were killed in the operation at Dulanja area”, he said, adding the operation is still in progress.

Meanwhile, Brigadier Y S Alawat while brefing the reporters at Uri said the militants were intercepted by the alert soldiers when they were travelling in a boat on river Jhelum at Dulanja.

“After being challenged, the militants opened fire triggering off an encounter, all the militants were killed,” said Brigadier Alawat.

The officer said the bodies of the four militants were retrieved. “However, the search for the fifth one is on,” he said.

Brigadier Alawat said that it was a major infiltration bid in which heavily-armed militants had sneaked to this side and were planning to target the army installations.

Earlier, Director General of Police (DGP) S P Vaid said that the militants of the Jaish-e-Muhammad outfit were killed in a joint operation launched by the police, and army. (GNS)