Srinagar: Alert security forces foiled an infiltration bid from Pakistan-administrated Kashmir (PaK) when they gunned down two militants on Tuesday, official sources said.
They said troops guarding the Line of Control (LoC) noticed a group of militants sneaking into this side from PaK in Keran sector in the frontier district of Kupwara. However, when challenged and asked to surrender, militants opened indiscriminate firing with automatic weapons, they said adding security forces also retaliated ensuing in an encounter.
Two militants were killed in the encounter so far, they said adding operation was going on despite snowfall and cold wave conditions.
Additional security forces have also joined the operation from different directions braving adverse weather conditions, they added.
Over 200 militants are waiting across the LoC in launch pads to sneak into this side before the infiltration routes are closed due to heavy snowfall. However, there will be no lowering of guards during the winter, they said. Security forces have already intensified night and patrolling on the LoC to foil any infiltration bids.