Encounter in Kupwara ends, but another starts in Gurez sector of J-K

March 26th, 2009 - 6:03 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Mar 26 (ANI): The security forces are engaged in a fierce encounter with militants in Hajibal area of Gurez sector in Jammu and Kashmir, just a day after one of the longest and bloodiest encounters in recent times ended in Kupwara.

The encounter started early Thursday morning and sources said that till now the Army has been gunned down one militant. Ten to fifteen terrorists were trying to infiltrate when the Army engaged them, they added.

On Wednesday, Army Chief General Deepal Kapoor said that the Pakistan based militant group, Lashkar-e-Toiba, is attempting the biggest ever push of terrorists across the Line of Control into India.

The warning from the Army chief came on a day when Lashkar spokesman Abdullah Ghaznavi told a news agency that the attacks will continue on Indian soil and the Kupwara encounter was a part of it.

Lashkar was found to be behind the ghastly attacks in Mumbai last year and its top leadership is under investigation in a Pakistan court.

“There are atleast 300 militants waiting to crossover to our side over LOC. There are 30-40 militant training camps active in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir,” General Kapoor said.

Pakistani troops have been firing throughout the last night at Indian posts in Uri sector reportedly to give cover to militants’ crossing over. The Indian Army has lodged a formal protest with their Pakistani counterparts on the same. (ANI)

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