Two soldiers, two militants killed in Kupwara as army foils infiltration bid

  • Toufiq Rashid, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: Jul 30, 2016 11:49 IST
A file photo of a soldier guarding the border. (HT Photo)

Two soldiers and two militants were killed in a gunfight in Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Saturday morning, as the army said it foiled yet another infiltration bid along the Line of Control from Pakistan.

“Alert troops intercept terrorists attempting to infiltrate in the intervening night of 29-30 July. In an ensuing gunfight, two terrorists killed. Two soldiers attained martyrdom. One was soldier injured,’’ said an army spokesperson in Srinagar.

Two AK-47 rifles were recovered along with other warlike and administrative stores, he said. The operation is ongoing.

Read: ‘Big terror catch’: Militant caught in Kashmir is ‘Pakistani’ national

The infiltration bid came days after the National Investigation Agency said it arrested a suspected Pakistani national who had crossed over to India to attack security forces and fuel more unrest in the Valley.

Described as a big terror catch, Bahadur Ali was arrested on Tuesday following an encounter with security forces, also in Kupwara district. Four other terrorists were gunned down.

The terror suspect was believed to be on a suicide mission in Kashmir, which has witnessed a wave of violence after security forces gunned down Burhan Wani, a poster boy of the militancy in the Valley, on July 8.

Close to 50 people have died and more than 1,500 people injured in the past three weeks.

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