Army guns down 3 militants in Poonch, says they were Pak infiltrators
Security forces gunned down three suspected militants along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district on Saturday as violence raged in large parts of the state over the killing of top insurgent Burhan Wani.
Army said the three men were Pakistani and possibly belonged to the Lashkar-e-Taiba.
Northern Command spokesperson SD Goswami said around 5.30pm on Friday evening, the army got intelligence that a group of five militants might infiltrate via the Akbar Dhok area in Sabzian sector.
“The army launched a search operation and during the wee hours of Saturday, the troops gunned down three ultras,” he added.
“The army has cordoned off the area and a search operation has been launched to track down the remaining ultras.” Intelligence sources confided to HT that the militants had succeeded in sneaking into the Sabzian sector.
An army source said Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Saeed Hafiz was seen visiting militants in terror camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and was desperate to push militants into India to flare up the already surcharged atmosphere and spread violence to Jammu region.
On July 4, GOC of Nagrota based 16 Corps Lt Gen RR Nimbhorkar said nearly 200 trained militants were waiting in launching pads on other side of the Line of Control in Pak-occupied-Kashmir to infiltrate into Indian Territory.
The intrusion bid comes amid continuing violence across south Kashmir that has killed nearly 40 people and left 1,300 injured.