The army on Thursday claimed to have foiled this year's first summer infiltration bid in north Kashmir's frontier district of Uri, killing five militants in an ongoing operation.
"The alert troops stationed on the Line of Control (LoC) in Maidan Nala area in Uri Sector observed movement of five to six terrorists trying to enter our area (on Wednesday)," said Srinagar-based army spokesman Lt Col JS Brar.
The troops of the army's 34 Rashtriya Rifles launched an operation after the movement was noticed and zeroed in on the area where movement was observed. "On being asked to surrender, the infiltrators opened heavy fire on our troops. The troops retaliated resulting in the killing of five terrorists," said Brar.
The army said it was first infiltration bid in Kashmir this year. "The bodies of four terrorists along with four AK rifles besides other ammunition have been recovered," said Brar.
The body of the fifth terrorist was not recovered as the area of operation is in very close proximity to the LoC. "The identity of the slain terrorists is yet to be established," said Brar.
Every year, with the melting of snow from mountain passes, militants from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir make attempts to sneak in. Infiltration bids go on till winter sets in November in Kashmir.
A total of 102 ceasefire violations along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir have taken place since 2010, according to official figures.
According to the state police, around 190 incidents were reported in 2011, the lowest in last 22 years of militancy in the state. This year, only 34 militancy-related incidents occurred in the state in the first three months. "Our troops are vigilant to thwart all such attempts aimed at disturbing peace in Kashmir," said Brar.
The army is expecting infiltration to go up. "Due to the void created by the successful anti-militancy operations in Jammu and Kashmir, infiltration from across the LoC is expected to gain momentum in the coming days," had warned General Officer Commanding of 15 Corps, Lieutenant General S A Hasnain on April 6 when five militants were killed in north Kashmir.