4 militants killed in Keran: Army

Publish Date: Oct 11 2012 12:00PM

Srinagar, Nov 9: Army on Friday said they have killed four militants while foiling an infiltration bid in Keran sector of Kupwara district in north Kashmir. The operation to flush-out the remnant militants is going on and Army has used helicopters to identify the locations of the hiding militants in the area.
 Giving details of the operation, a senior Army official of Kupwara-based 28 Infantry Division told Greater Kashmir that soldiers of 4 Koumavo Regiment witnessed suspicious movement of at least four to six persons in Hanuman area near Farkin Gali near Line of Control in Keran Sector at 1.50 am last night.
 The official said that the soldiers challenged them.  “They were militants as they opened heavy fire on soldiers. We returned the fire triggering a fierce encounter,” he added.
 The senior Army official said that exchange of fire continued till Friday afternoon in which four militants were killed. “During searches in the area, we recovered two bodies and two are lying in deep gorge,” he said and added that efforts were on to retrieve the bodies of slain militants.     
 The senior Army official said that the militants were heavily armed and searches in the area are going on. “The operation is on to flush-out any remaining militants from the area,” he said and added that the terrain is difficult. “Additional reinforcement has also arrived in the area to assist the already deployed troops,” he said.
 A senior Army officer in Srinagar told Greater Kashmir that helicopters were used to identify the locations of the hiding militants in the area. “There are dense forests and it is very difficult to operate,” he said.
 Public Relations Officer (PRO) Ministry of Defence Lt Col JS Brar in statement said that Army has recovered huge quantity of war like stores from slain militants that include five AK-47 rifles.
 “This is a desperate attempt to ensure maximum infiltration by the other side, before the traditional routes of infiltration close due to snow. The Army will ensure that none of these efforts succeed.”  Brar added.