Two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists, suspected to be behind the April 26 attack on an Army camp in Kupwara, have been gunned down in a fierce gun battle in Jammu and Kashmir’s Handwara.
The terrorists were killed in an encounter with the security forces in Waripora area of Handwara on Sunday. The terrorists are yet to be identified and said to be from Pakistan.
Three security personnel, including a Captain, were killed in the attack on an Army camp in Pangzam area of Kupwara on April 26.
Talking to India Today, North Kashmir DIG Nitish Kumar said, “A joint operation conducted by Jammu and Kashmir Police and 21 Rashtriya Rifles was launched after receiving specific information about the presence of terrorists in Waripora village of Handwara. The two terrorists are suspected to be behind the Kupwara fidayeen attack”.
Sources said the militants were cornered in an orchard, just meters away from the populated area in Waripora. They opened fire on the security forces and were killed in retaliatory firing. A huge cache of weapons has been seized.
According to sources, the snow has melted and infiltration from across the border has become easier. While South Kashmir is the hotbed of terror mostly, there have been several attempts of infiltration by Pakistan-backed terrorists in North Kashmir too.
DIG Kumar said that the security forces were on the vigil and security grid had been tightened to prevent the recurrence of such attacks.
3 INFILTRATION BIDS IN ONE WEEKIN NORTH KASHMIR
In the past one week, there have been three attempts of infiltration in North Kashmir. After one such successful attempt, a Fidayeen alert has been sounded in North Kashmir’s Baramulla and Srinagar.
The Army recently foiled a major infiltration bid in Rampur and Baramulla where 6-7 terrorists tried to cross over into the Indian territory but were pushed back across the LoC.
Radio sets, night vision devices, clothes, ration and Pakistan-based medicines were recovered.