5 militants killed while infiltrating in Uri: Police
The incident occurred at Dulanja Uri area of North Kashmir’s Baramulla district.
“2 more dead bodies of terrorists recovered from encounter site taking the total to 6,” Jammu Kashmir Police Chief SP Vaid tweeted.
He later added another tweet: “Correction 5 bodies recovered 6th being searched.”
Earlier, Director General of Police (DGP) S P Vaid said that four militants of the Jaish-e-Muhammad outfit were killed in a joint operation launched by the police, army and the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF).
He said that JeM militants were killed in Dulanja Uri while infiltrating in a joint operation by police, Army and CRPF.
Senior Superintendent of police (SSP) Baramulla Imtiyaz Hussain said that the militants were apparently planning a Fidayeen attack.
“From the recovery of arms/ammunition and other war like stores it appeared that the militants had come with a plan of undertaking a Fidayeen attack and belonged to Jaish-Muhammad militant group,” he said.
Hussain said that the “alert” troops challenged the group of militants after they attempted to infiltrate into this side of the LoC in Dulanja.
“Alert troops challenged the group and all the militants were killed,” he said.
Later in a presser, Commander 12 brigade Y.S Ahlawat said that the militants were trying to infiltrate to the Valley in a boat.
They, he said, carried a lot of ammunition and were cordoned off ensuing a gunfight.
He said in the gunfight “five militants were killed, however four dead bodies were later recovered of killed militants, while the fifth body is lying across river Jehlum next to the boat”.
Ahlawat added that large cache of arms and ammunition which includes AK 47 rifiles, UBGL, IEDs and explosives were recovered from the militants.
He added that army has averted a major tragedy before the Republic Day as it seems the infiltrators were with a motive to launch some deadly strikes on the eve.
Meanwhile, Home Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated the forces for the operation.
“I congratulate our security forces,” Singh told reporters here.