Srinagar: Five heavily-armed militants were killed as alert troops foiled a major infiltration bid from Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) in Keran sector in the frontier district of Kupwara in north Kashmir on Sunday.
A soldier was also killed and two others were injured during the exchange of fire.
With this, nine militants have been killed in two separate operations in Kashmir valley by security forces during the last 24 hours.
A defence ministry spokesperson told UNI that troops guarding the Line of Control (LoC) in Keran sector noticed a group of militants sneaking into this side from PoK in Keran sector.
However, when challenged and asked to surrender, the militants opened indiscriminate firing with automatic weapons, he said, adding that troops also retaliated ensuing in an encounter in the forest area near LoC.
He said five militants and a soldier were killed in the encounter. “Two other soldiers were injured,” he said, adding evacuation of the wounded is hampered due to heavy snow and rough terrain conditions.
Meanwhile, a massive search operation was going on when the reports last came in.
Four Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militants were on Saturday killed in an encounter which ensuing during a Cordon and Searches Operation (CASO) launched by security forces in south Kashmir district of Kulgam.