J&K GUN BAT­TLE: 3 MIL­I­TANTS AND 1 CIVIL­IAN KILLED

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NEWS - Toufiq Rashid let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

SRINAGAR: A civil­ian and three mil­i­tants were killed when they stormed an army camp in Tangh­dar near the Line of Con­trol (LoC) in Kash­mir’s Kup­wara dis­trict on Wed­nes­day. A ju­nior com­mis­sioned of­fi­cer was in­jured in the at­tack claimed by the Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM).

The in­ci­dent comes a week af­ter a colonel died in an en­counter with ter­ror­ists in Kup­wara.

Un­con­firmed re­ports said a group of five to seven mil­i­tants had re­cently in­fil­trated into the area and might have tried to at­tack the camp. “Whether the men en­tered the camp is be­ing as­cer­tained,” a source said.

There were 70 in­fil­tra­tion bids last year in J&K, dur­ing which 65 ter­ror­ists man­aged to sneak in, while 136 were pushed back. The re­cent spike in violence in the state came against the back­drop of a sharp down­turn in re­la­tions be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan, fol­low­ing the can­cel­la­tion of talks be­tween the na­tional se­cu­rity ad­vis­ers in Au­gust.

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