Police says Kupwara operation against foreign militants was difficult

Srinagar, Mar 22: Terming the Kupwara gun fight ‘a difficult operation’ Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, SP Pani on Thursday said the militants killed in a gunfight with the forces in Halmatpora forests in frontier district of Kupwara were all foreigners.
“It was a very difficult operation in view of the thick vegetation and open area,” he said while talking to reporters on the sidelines of the wreath-laying ceremony of policemen martyred in the two-day gunfight. It is worth pointing out that all the five militants killed in the gunfight were foreigners. “On the basis of material recovered from the site of the gunfight, it looks the slain militants were associated with Lashkar-e-Toiba militant outfit,” he said.
Pani said that the operation is at “controlling stage” and that searches are underway at some places. Pertinently, Five militants, three army men and two policemen were killed in the gunfight that raged for two hours in Halmatpora forests.
Earlier, S.P Pani led the Police and Security forces officers in laying the floral tributes on the mortal remains of slain SgCT Deepak Thusoo at District Police Lines Srinagar.
IG CRPF Zulfkar Hassan, DIG  CKR V.K Birdi, DIG SSB Shri R K Bhumal, DIG CRPF, SSP Srinagar Imtiyaz Ismail, Addl SP Srinagar and other officers of Police and Security forces and Jawans were present and paid tributes. (KNB)