Indian army kills one militant on Kashmir LoC

Indian army kills one militant on Kashmir LoC
# 19 July 2013 17:10 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Indian Army Friday claimed it has foiled an infiltration bid on the line- of-control (LoC) dividing Kashmir and killed a militant, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

The infiltration bid, according to officials, was thwarted in the morning along Gurez sector of frontier Bandipora district, around 125 km north of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian- controlled Kashmir.

"Alert troops deployed on the LoC in Gurez Sector foiled an attempt of infiltration by militants, resulting in elimination of one of them," said an Indian army spokesman.Indian army troopers have not suffered any damage while fighting militants.

The infiltrating group was challenged prior to crossing the fence, thereby triggering a gunfight.

"Based on specific information from intelligence agencies regarding likelihood of infiltration attempt, vigilant troops detected movement of three militants and engaged them in gunfight immediately," said a statement issued by Indian army. "One militant was killed while another two escaped under the cover of thick foliage."

LoC is a de facto border dividing Kashmir into Indian and Pakistani controlled parts.

The identity of the slain militant and his group affiliation was not known. However, the army said it has recovered an assault rifle and some ammunition from the site.

Last week, the army said, it killed five militants in a similar operation in Keran sector of Kupwara.

A guerrilla war has been going on between militants and Indian troops stationed in the region since 1989. Firefight between militants and Indian army troopers in Indian-controlled Kashmir takes place intermittently.