Soldier killed, another injured as Army foils infiltration bid in Kashmir’s Tangdhar

Srinagar, October 27 A soldier was killed and another was injured as the army foiled an infiltration attempt in Tangdhar sector in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district — some 140 km from Srinagar — on Thursday. Army said that soldiers manning the Line of Control intercepted a group of militants trying to infiltrate into Kashmir. “As the group was challenged, a gunfight erupted.  In ensuing gunfight, one soldier was martyred and another was injured and evacuated,” an Army officer said. “ The gunfight continues in the area.”The identity of the soldier could not be established immediately.

The latest infiltration bid was foiled at a time when there is an escalation of cross border shelling in Jammu region. In last one week, three BSF jawans and a civilian were killed and scores were injured in the border shelling.  Defence sources said that militants from across are making desperate attempts to sneak into the Valley before snow closes off mountain passes in the region along the LoC for the next 5-6 months. This year this has been a spike in the infiltration from across. The Multi-Agency Centre (MAC) figures have revealed that 87 militants have infiltrated into Kashmir from across this year till ending September. Last year the 33 militants had managed to infiltrate.

Source – Online media reports