Three LeT militants killed in Kupwara gunfight: IGP Kashmir

Government forces during a search operation in the Valley
Government forces during a search operation in the Valley

SRINAGAR — Police and Army claimed to have foiled an infiltration attempt by killing three militants along the Line of Control in Kupwara district. A porter was also killed during the encounter following an “ambush”.  

“Based on a specific input developed by Kupwara Police regarding infiltration attempt of (militants) in village Jumagund near LoC area of Kupwara, an ambush was put in place by Police and Army in the area,” a police spokesperson said in a statement to GNS.

“As the infiltrating terrorists were intercepted by the joint party of Police & Army, they were challenged, who in return fired indiscriminately upon the joint party which was retaliated by the joint party, leading to an encounter,” he said.

In the ensuing encounter, he said, all the three “infiltrated” militants were killed. “Based on the source report and as per the documents recovered from them, the killed terrorists have been identified as Pakistani LeT (militants)”.

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He said that “incriminating materials, arms & ammunition including 03 AK series rifles, 12 AK Magazines, 01 Pistol, 02 Pistol Magazines and 03 Mobile Phones have been recovered from their possession.”

There was no mention of injury or death of the porter in the police statement. However, police in a tweet said, “One Army’s porter namely Ab(dul) Lateef Mir son of Majeed Mir resident of Kuchiban Jummagund got injured in the encounter. Later on (he) succumbed to injuries in hospital.”

“IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar termed the elimination of 03 Pakistani LeT (militants) as a big success and congratulated the joint forces for successive operations leading to the elimination of 06 foreign (militants) in last 24 hours which adds the tally of killed foreign (militants) to 26 (14 JeM & 12 LeT) during the current year in the valley,” the police statement, meanwhile, added.

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Army in a statement said that the operation was launched based on “joint intelligence from several agencies including SSP Kupwara.”

“Several search parties were formed, who conducted vigorous searches and established multiple ambushes,” a defence ministry spokesperson said, adding, “The contact with (militants) was established at 04.45 AM on 26 May 22 in the forward areas close to the LoC, leading to heavy exchange of fire.” He said that one civil porter also lost his life in the firefight.

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