As it happened: 3 militants killed near Rashtriya Rifles camp in J-K’s Handwara
Security forces engaged militants near a paramilitary camp at Langate in Handwara, Kupwara district, after militants opened fire on the camp on Thursday morning.
Militants attacked around 6 am, firing at a Rashtriya Rifles camp for over 20 minutes before fleeing the spot. The area was cordoned off and search operations were launched, leading to an encounter in a nearby apple orchard.
The militants had reportedly tried to breach a perimeter fence but were pushed back.
Meanwhile, the Indian Army said that three infiltration bids along the Line of Control had been foiled on Wednesday night. Militants made two bids in Naugam sector and one in Rampur sector, assisted by Pakistani posts.
The attack at Langate is the second such offensive on a military camp since the fatal September 18 attack on an Uri army camp killed 19 soldiers -- 18 died on that day while one more soldier succumbed to his injuries almost a fortnight later.
Militants struck again on October 2 in northern Kashmir’s Baramullah, killing one Border Security Force jawan. At least six militants are believed to have launched the attack.
India blames Pakistan for sponsoring the militants who have been carrying out the border incursions, a charge that has led to frosty relations between the two countries, and a breakdown in diplomatic ties.
On September 29, the Indian army announced that it had carried out surgical strikes across the Line of Control, damaging seven militant launchpads. The army operation was largely seen as a response to the Uri attack.
(With inputs from agencies)
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