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One militant killed in Kupwara encounter, search operation still underway
Armies of India & Pakistan exchanged fire along the LoC in Uri sector
5/17/2016 11:12:30 PM
S Tahir-ul Haq

Early Times Report

BARAMULLA, May 17: The armies of India and Pakistan on late Monday evening exchanged fire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Baramulla district. Meanwhile one militant got killed in an encounter in Kupwara district of north Kashmir.
Srinagar based defence spokesperson Col N N Joshi told early times that, unprovoked firing was opened at our positions in Uri sector around 9.30 pm on late Monday evening. The firing continued intermittently for few minutes only.
Preliminary reports suggest small arms and automatic weapons were used by the Pakistani troops. The Indian army returned the fire, adding there were no reports of any casualty, the spokesperson said.
However it is learnt from reliable sources that, the Uri violation comes at a time when snow is melting from the ridges and passes near the Line of Control (LoC) and PoK-based militants are making desperate attempt to sneak into the Valley.
Meanwhile a senior police official said that one militant was killed today in an ongoing encounter while two more militants are believed to be hiding in Zunrishi forest area of north Kashmir's Kupwara district.
The official said that a Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militant was killed during an encounter, which raged between forces and militants after launching a cordon and search operation in the forest area following specific information about a group of militants hiding in the area.
Today at around 6 am, the movement of militants was noticed after which they were challenged but they retaliated fire on security forces due to which the exchange of fire began, the official said.
However sources said that, 2 to 3 militants are believed to be hold up in the area, as the movement of militants is increasing day by day which suggests that it could be an infiltration bid.
Security forces had cordoned off Zunrishi and Marsari villages of the district last evening after inputs about the presence of militants, said sources.
Sources said that, "It was a joint operation carried out by Army's 41 Rashtriya Rifles (RR), 16 Garhwal and Special Operation Group (SOG).
Security forces have closed all the exit points so that hiding militants cannot escape from the forest area, sources added.
Search operation was going on to trace the hiding militants in the forest area, till the reports last came in.
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