Keran encounter: Slain militants were highly trained, says army

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Kupwara, June 11: The militants killed in Keran sector of Kupwara district in north Kashmir were armed with modern weaponry and equipment, the army said on Monday
Addressing a press conference, Brigadier VS Chowhan claimed that many militants were waiting on launching pads to infiltrate into this side of Kashmir.
“As you already know, that an anti-militancy operation was going on from the last one month in Tangdar and keran sector in which dozens of militants have been eliminated,” Army commander said, adding, “We had credible intelligence inputs that there is likely to be an infiltration in the sector because of which we had placed number of interception groups to trap these militants,” he said.
On the night of 9 and 10th of June these militants walked into this side where the ambush was placed and they were challenged. “The militants opened a heavy volume of fire and the militants were engaged by the troops at that point of time,” he said.
The infiltrators tried to break the cordon and the vigilant troops and the commanders on the ground did not permit them to do so, Chowhan said.
He also claimed recovery of huge quantity of arms, ammunition, food items and other equipment from the possession of the slain militants.
The recovery, Army said, include Six 7.62 mm AK-47 rifles, pistols with magazines, rounds, carts 7.62 mm AK-47 UBGLS, grenade UBGLS, hand grenades and other types of equipment including medicine and food items.
“The recoveries are indicative of actively aiding and abetting of this kind of a movement by Pakistan because you see a lot of food items, other equipment with Pakistan markings on them,” He said.
“As far as identification is concerned, we have not been able to identify them, these are obliviously foreign militants and their identity would be established by police and other agencies. However, the recoveries and other material carried by them, it seems the group belonged to the Lashkar-e-Toiba militant outfit,” the officer said.
He said that the troops are vigilant along LoC and “We will foil any such bid or any such attempt our troops are ready to negate any such attempt,” he added.