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Updated: September 2, 2009 23:28 IST

Infiltration bid foiled, five militants killed

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An aerial view of the mountains in the Gurez sector near the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir. Photo: Nissar Ahmad
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An aerial view of the mountains in the Gurez sector near the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir. Photo: Nissar Ahmad

Five militants attempting to cross over from Pakistan were killed early Wednesday when soldiers foiled their infiltration bid in Jammu and Kashmir’s Gurez sector, officials here said.

A group of infiltrators were spotted by the alert soldiers guarding the Line of Control (LoC), in Gurez sector of J&K’s Bandipore district.

“The group of terrorists was challenged upon which they opened fire at the surrounding troops. In the heavy exchange of fire, five terrorists have so far been gunned down,” defence spokesperson Col. Uma Maheshwar told IANS here.

“The operation is still on and firing exchanges are continuing.”

In another exchange of bullets between security personnel and militants in Baramulla district, a special police officer (SPO) was killed and a trooper wounded on Tuesday afternoon.

Police said security forces had surrounded a forest area on specific information about the presence of a group of militants.

The hiding militants opened fire at the security forces killing an SPO on the spot and wounding a trooper.

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