Kashmir: Four militants were killed by the army on Friday while foiling an infiltration bid on the Line of Control (LoC) in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district.
“Four intruding terrorists were killed by the alert troops of the army while foiling an infiltration bid in Kanzalwan area of the LoC in Gurez sector,” defence spokesman Lieutenant Colonel N.N. Joshi said on Friday.
“Two terrorists were killed during the night while two more were gunned down today morning (Friday).
“The identity of the slain terrorists is being established as search operation is still going on in the area,” he said.
Pakistan has denied any involvement in the suicide attack that claimed the lives of 45 CRPF troopers in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that the attack was a matter of “grave concern” and it had been condemning “heightened acts of violence in the (Kashmir) Valley”.
“We strongly reject any insinuation by elements in the Indian government and media circles that seek to link the attack to the State of Pakistan without investigations,” said the statement.
The Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM), a Pakistan-based outfit, claimed responsibility for the attack in Pulwama district. It was the worst ever attack on security forces on any single day since a separatist campaign broke out in Jammu and Kashmir in 1989.
India said the JeM was led by “international terrorist” Masood Azhar, who had been given full freedom by Islamabad to operate and expand his terror infrastructure in territories under the control of Pakistan and to carry out attacks in India and elsewhere with impunity. (IANS)