Two militants, 3 soldiers killed in Kashmir gunfight

Last Updated: Wed, Nov 14, 2012 12:50 hrs

Srinagar, Nov 14 (IANS) Two militants and three soldiers were killed Wednesday when the army foiled an infiltration bid from across the Line of Control (LOC) in Kashmir's Kupwara district, an army spokesperson said.

Lieutenant Colonel J.S. Brar, spokesperson of the army's Srinagar-based 15th Corps, told IANS: "Alert troops challenged a group of intruding terrorists in Nowgam sector of the LoC in Kupwara district in the wee hours of the morning today (Wednesday)."

"The terrorists started firing at the troops triggering a gunfight in which two terrorists and three troopers were killed. The infiltration bid has been foiled," he added.

He said firing had stopped in the area although search operations were continuing.

The identity of the slain militants is being established.

Security forces are on high alert along the borders in Kashmir as intelligence reports suggest guerrilla groups are trying to sneak in their cadres before the winter snow closes mountain passes into the Valley.

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