Srinagar: Security forces shot dead three Pakistani militants of Lashkar-e-Taiba, in an encounter close to the Line of Control in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said on Thursday.
An Army porter was also killed during the encounter, police said.
They said the trio had infiltrated and were intercepted in Jamagund village by the Army and police. The operation, they said, was launched based on specific input developed by Kupwara Police regarding infiltration attempt by militants.
“An ambush was put in place by Police and Army in the said area. As the infiltrating terrorists were intercepted by the joint party, they were challenged. The terrorists fired indiscriminately upon the joint party, which was retaliated, leading to an encounter. In the ensuing encounter, all the three infiltrated terrorists were killed,” a police spokesman said.
“One Army’s porter namely Abdul Lateef Mir of Kuchiban Jummagund got injured in the said encounter. Later, he succumbed to injuries in hospital,” the spokesman added.
Inspector General of Police Kashmir Vijay Kumar said that all three slain were Pakistanis and affiliated with Lashkar-e-Taiba.
“From the incriminating material recovered, the three killed have been identified as Pakistani, affiliated with LeT,” he said, adding that 26 foreigners have been killed in various gunfights this year in Kashmir.
“They include 14 from JeM ( Jaish-e-Mohammad) and 12 LeT,” he noted.
A Srinagar-based Defence spokesman said the elimination of three Pakistani militants and recovery of war-like stores is a clear indication of an intent to disrupt the impending Amarnath Yatra.
“Pakistan’s nefarious designs to revive the dying agenda and keep the pot boiling in Jammu and Kashmir under the garb of Ceasefire Understanding by Pakistan Army is the new deceit. The elimination of three Pakistani militants, recovery of war-like stores to include stores for Improvised Explosive Devices is a clear indication of an intent to disrupt peace, prosperity of locals and the impending Amarnath Yatra,” the spokesman said.
“Exporting militancy in J&K has been a state policy of Pakistan in the last three decades,” he added.
“The increased desperation of terrorist handlers in Pakistan-occupied Jammu and Kashmir (PoJK) is evident as a result of effect-based operations conducted by the Indian Army and prevailing peace and tranquility evident from large number of tourists coming to the valley,” he said.
This is the second infiltration bid that has been foiled in Kupwara in the last one week. On May 20, a militant from Pakistan-Occupied-Kashmir was killed and another got wounded as the Army foiled an infiltration bid in Tangdhar sector of Kupwara.