Soldier killed, another injured after militants attack army patrol near LoC in Kupwara
The attack on Indian Army soldiers took place as Union home minister Rajnath Singh began his two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir to review the security situation.Updated: Jun 07, 2018 19:58 IST
A soldier was killed and another injured when militants attacked an army patrol near the line of control (LoC) in Keran sector of Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Thursday.
The attack came in the course of Union home minister Rajnath Singh’s two-day visit to the Valley and areas along the LoC.
Defence spokesperson Colonel Rajesh Kalia said two soldiers were critically injured in the attack on the army patrol. One of them died later, while being rushed to the base hospital in Srinagar.
The identities of the soldiers have not been disclosed to the media.
Ten militants have been killed so far in at least three major encounters near the LoC in Kupwara sector ever since the Centre announced a unilateral Ramzan ceasefire last month. Although all the militants were earlier declared by the army as foreigners, two were eventually found to be youngsters from Pulwama district. Their bodies were exhumed and handed over to their families on Wednesday.
Tangdhar Brigade commander PK Mishra had cited strong intelligence inputs to assert that many infiltrators were waiting to cross over into India from launch pads close to the LoC. “They are waiting for an opportunity to infiltrate,” the officer said.
The army has stepped up vigil along the LoC, especially the Kupwara region, in the light of this fresh infiltration. They also managed to prevent certain militant activities, including a bid to loot a J&K Bank cash van in South Kashmir, through the course of the day.