The security forces have gunned down two suspected Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants in Kupwara, north Kashmir on Sunday. They were allegedly involved in a suicide attack on an army camp in Panzgam last month.
A police spokesman said, “Acting on specific information about the presence of militants in Waripora area of Handwara, police along with ‘21 Rashtriya Rifles’ launched a search operation. During the operation, militants present in the area fired upon the search party. The fire was retaliated and in the ensuing encounter, two militants were killed.”
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The militants were affiliated with LeT and their identity was ascertained, he further added. Two AK-47 rifles, two pistols, four AK magazines, two pistol magazines, two grenades, maps and cash were recovered from the encounter site.
The militants were involved in the ‘fidayeen’ (suicide) attack on an army camp in Panzgam area of Kupwara on April 27 in which three soldiers, including an officer, were killed, Commanding Officer of 21 RR, Kuldeep Matoo said.
“We have found a yet to heal grazed wound on one of the eliminated terrorists which is indicative of a likely involvement of these two terrorists in the Panzgam suicide attack. We have found some other evidence also among the war-like stores, confirming their involvement in the Panzgam incident,” Matoo further added.
With inputs from PTI.