The troops engaged in flushing out militants from forest areas of north Kashmir on Monday unearthed a militant hideout in a forest in Kupwara district and recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition, including 100 grenades and 13 rifles, a senior army officer said.
The hideout was unearthed during a search operation which has been going on in the forests in north Kashmir since May 5, Maj General N George, General Officer Commanding Kilo Force told reporters here this evening.
Ten AK rifles, 160 MM mortars, one rocket projectile gun, three 303 rifles, 100 grenades and 1000 rounds of ammunition were recovered from the hideout set up by infiltrating militants at wadamwalla in Hafroda forests after they sneaked into the area recently, he said.
The army officer said, "There was nobody in the hideout at the time it was unearthed."
Answering a question, he said, "Army launched operation in the forest areas of north Kashmir on May 5 following specific information that 14 to 22 militants had sneaked in from across the border."
"Eleven of them including four locals have been eliminated in three encounters while we lost two army personnel in the operation which is still going on," he said.
To a question about attempts being made by militants to infiltrate into this side, Maj Gen George said, "There are certain issues beyond our control. Terrorists are making attempts to cross over. In anticipation, we have modified and increasd our men to scuttle their attempts", he added.