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Army kills four more intruders, LoC stays tense

HT Correspondent and agencies, Hindustan Times  Srinagar, October 05, 2013
First Published: 09:53 IST(5/10/2013) | Last Updated: 01:15 IST(6/10/2013)

The Indian Army on Saturday claimed that yet another infiltration bid was thwarted along the Line of Control in Fatehgali and said that four militants were killed during the gunbattle.

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The army said that the militants tried to sneak into the area in Keran sector around 25km from Shala Batu where a gunbattle between the army and militants has been raging since the last 12 days.

Six AK-47 assault rifles and four pistols have been recovered, it added.

Army chief Gen Bikram Singh on Friday said that the Keran sector "situation is not anywhere close to Kargil".

“We are dominating from all sides. They (intruders) are holed up there. We will take them out," he said.

"It's a matter of time. All such operations take time."

On Friday, the army had said that it had killed three militants who were part of a fresh batch that tried to infiltrate in another area, Gujjar Tur, possibly to assist those holed up in Shala Batu village. The two areas are 30km apart.

Army spokesman Naresh Vij said, “These infiltration bids are a desperate attempt on part of militants to replenish depleting ranks before winters because the army has successfully foiled several infiltration attempts, killing about 40 militants, near the LoC this year.”
 
He said the army is keenly watching the new trend, as witnessed in Keran sector, whereby militants fan out only in a particular border area to engage the army for longer periods.

He said on Friday that a fresh group of militants was spotted in the wee hours in Gujjar Tur area. In the gunfight that ensued three militants were killed.

The infiltration attempts have raised concerns that reinforcements are being sent from the Pakistani side to intruders already engaged in the stand-off with troops.

Experts believe that militants are also trying to divert attention from Shala Batu.

The army and 30-40 militants have been locked in a battle since September 24, a week before the Prime Ministers of Pakistan and India met in Washington to discuss various issues, incursions along the Line of Control (LoC) being one of them.

 

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(With PTI inputs)


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