Six more guerrillas killed in Kashmir gunfight, death toll 25

March 24th, 2009 - 10:12 pm ICT by IANS  

Srinagar, March 24 (IANS) Six guerrillas were killed in an ongoing gunfight with security forces in Kashmir, as the death toll rose to 25 on the fifth day of the protracted battle Tuesday.
“The operation is continuing and today (Tuesday) six more terrorists were killed,” defence spokesman Lt. Col. J.S. Brar told IANS.

The army had surrounded a group of heavily armed guerrillas in the Shamswari forests of the north Kashmir Kupwara border district last Thursday following specific information about the presence of militants there.

Brar said in all 25 people, including 17 guerrillas and eight army troopers, were killed in the gun battle.

“We have recovered (from the shootout site) huge quantity of arms and ammunition that include 17 assault rifles, four under barrel grenade launchers (UBGL), 19 UBGL grenades, two Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and one Kenwood radio set,” he said.

He denied media reports that helicopter gunships were used during the operations and added “there was minimum collateral damage in this operation”.

The army gunfight in the Shamswari mountain range is the second longest this year after the seven-day-long battle in Poonch district of the state in January.

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