Infiltration bid foiled; 3 militants, porter killed

Killers of TV artist trapped in Awantipora

Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar May 26: Security forces today foiled an infiltration bid in Jumagund area of Kupwara by killing three Lashkar-e-Toiba militants, who were trying to sneak in while an Army porter who was critically injured succumbed.
An official said that based on a specific input developed by Kupwara police regarding infiltration attempt of militants in village Jumagund near Line of Control (LoC) in Kupwara, an operation was launched by police and Army.
“Police and Army laid ambushes and as the infiltrating militants were intercepted by the security forces, they were challenged who in return fired indiscriminately which was retaliated by the troops leading to an encounter,” the official said.
“In the ensuing encounter, three militants were killed. As per the documents recovered from them, slain have been identified as Lashkar-e-Toiba militants and all are residents of Pakistan.” Click here to watch video
The official said that incriminating materials, arms and ammunition including 3 AK series rifles, 12 AK magazines, 1 pistol, 2 pistol magazines and three mobile phones have been recovered from their possession.
He said that an Army porter identified as Abul Lateef Mir son of Majeed Mir, a resident of Kuchiban also got injured in the Kupwara encounter who later  succumbed to injuries in a hospital.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir, Vijay Kumar, termed the killing of three Lashkar militants as a big success and congratulated the joint team of security forces for successive operations leading to the elimination of six foreign militants in last 24 hours which took the tally of slain foreign militants to 26 during the current year in the Valley.
Meanwhile, Army spokesman said that Army foiled an infiltration attempt in forward areas of Keran sector and killed three militants.
The Army spokesman said that exporting militancy in J&K has been a state policy of Pakistan in the last three decades. “Increased desperation of militants handlers across is evident as a result of effect-based operations conducted by the Indian Army and prevailing peace and tranquillity evident from large number of tourists coming to the Valley,” the Army spokesman added.
He said that Pakistan’s “nefarious designs” to revive the dying agenda and keep the pot boiling in J&K under the garb of “Ceasefire Understanding by Pakistan army is the new deceit.”
The Army spokesman said that the elimination of three Pakistani militants, recovery of war like stores to include stores for Improvised Explosive Devices is a clear indication of an intent to disrupt peace, prosperity of locals and the impending Amarnath yatra.
Meanwhile, Inspector General of Police Kashmir, Vijay Kumar, today said that two LeT militants who killed an artist Amreen Bhat in Budgam district have been trapped in an ongoing encounter in Awantipora.
“Both killers (LeT militants) of late Amreen Bhat, an artist, are trapped in Awantipora encounter,” he said.
Bhat was killed yesterday at her home in Hishroo Chadoora area of Budgam district by militants.