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Five Militants Killed in North Kashmir’s Kupwara, Say Officials

Representative. Photo: Chinar Corps/X

In the Machil Sector of Kupwara in North Kashmir, a military operation thwarted an infiltration attempt, resulting in the elimination of five militants, police said on Thursday.

Additional Director General of Police of Kashmir, Vijay Kumar, confirmed the development, stating, “Five ultras have been killed in the operation in the Machhil sector of Kupwara district so far.”

The Indian Army’s Chinar Corps collaborated with the Jammu and Kashmir Police to foil the infiltration bid.

Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbag Singh visited the border areas. He said that while the operation was ongoing, details would be shared later. Singh said that the area across the LoC was “notorious” and served as a launching point for militants attempting to infiltrate into India.

He also mentioned that an uptick in infiltration attempts was expected before the onset of winter.

Singh said, “The attempts are to push in terrorists from launching pads from Pakistan into Rajouri-Poonch and Kupwara-Baramulla sectors. Many of these attempts were foiled, and successful operations on the border have happened as many terrorists were killed while infiltrating.”

Singh also said that there’s a decline in the number of militants in Jammu and Kashmir. This successful operation comes on the heels of a recent incident where security forces had thwarted another infiltration attempt in the Uri sector of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, resulting in the elimination of two militants. However, their associates managed to retrieve their bodies to the other side of the LoC, according to the authorities.

During the operation in Kupwara, security forces discovered a cache of weaponry and supplies, including “Two AK-series rifles, six pistols, four Chinese grenades, blankets, and two blood-stained bags containing Pakistani and Indian currency notes, Pakistani medicines, and eatables.”

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