Srinagar, Mar 22: Asserting that the operation conducted in the woods of frontier Kashmir district of Kupwara was very difficult due to dense forest, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir S P Pani said all the five militants killed in the encounter were foreigners.
Pani further said that preliminary investigation revel that the militants belonged to Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT).
“It was a very difficult operation as it was conducted in an open area and thick forests. The forces had to take extra precaution which conducting this operation,” Pani told reports here on the sideline of the wreath laying ceremony of a policeman killed in the gunfight in Halmatpora forests in Kupwara.
He said huge cache of arms and ammunition was recovered from the encounter site. “The militants killed in the gunfight were all foreigners. On the basis of material recovered from the site of the gunfight, it looks like the slain militants were associated with LeT,” he said.
The IGP said that the operation is at ‘controlling stage’ and that searches are underway at some places.
When asked if the militants recently infiltrated into this side from the other side of the Line of Control (LoC), Pani said the forces are looking into it.
Five militants and as many security force personnel were killed in the encounter which ensued on Tuesday in Halmatpora forests in Kupwara.