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Militant killed in ongoing operation in Kupwara woods

Daily Excelsior 2018-07-12 12:53:39

SRINAGAR: A militant, suspected to be a foreigner, was killed on Thursday in the ongoing operation in the woods in the frontier district of Kupwara.

On Wednesday, a soldier was martyred and another injured in Kupwara, official sources said.
With the first light this morning, security forces resumed search operation in Kandi forest in Kupwara against militants hiding there. A fresh contact was established and in the ensuing encounter, a militant, believed to be a foreigner, was killed.
Yesterday, two soldiers were injured when militants hiding in the forest opened fire on a search party. Later, one of the injured soldier succumbed while another has been admitted to Drugmulla Army hospital.
Sources said that massive search operation was going on in the forest as reports said two to three more militants are still hiding there. Meanwhile, a massive Search and Destroy (S&D) operation launched by security forces in the woods in the north Kashmir district of Bandipora has been continuing for the past few days, sources said.
They said troops of Army and other security agencies have launched a joint S&D operation in the vast dense fast in Bandipora following a tip off about the presence of militants and their hideouts. The operation was started in Kotosatri forest, they added.
Intelligence reports were received about the presence of militants and their hideout in the forest in Bandipora which they are using during winter when there is snowfall.
The operation is to destroy the hideouts so that militants could not use them during the harsh winter, they said, adding that similar operation was also launched last year also during which several underground hideouts were smashed. They said the operation will continue from different direction till the entire forest is covered. However, so far no hideout has been found, they said. (AGENCIES)