Machil encounter: 4 security forces personnel, 3 militants killed

A defence spokesperson said at about 1 am, a BSF patrol noticed suspicious movement near the Anti-Infiltration Obstacle System (LoC fence), about 3.5 km from the LoC

Srinagar
An official said the search operation turned into an encounter after militants opened fire on the security forces | File Photo: PTI

Three Army personnel, including an officer, a Border Security Force (BSF) jawan, and three militants were killed during a failed infiltration bid by militants along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Machil sector on Sunday (November 8), officials said.

According to officials, the terrorists made an abortive bid during the night to infiltrate into the Indian side of the LoC in Machil sector in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, and the infiltrators were challenged and three of them were killed.

Srinagar-based defence spokesperson Col Rajesh Kalia said at about 1 am, a BSF patrol noticed suspicious movement near the Anti-Infiltration Obstacle System (LoC fence), about 3.5 km from the LoC.

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The BSF personnel challenged the infiltrators and a gunbattle ensued, in which a militant was killed, he said.

“A BSF soldier was killed in action (KIA) and the firefight stopped at 0400 hours,” Col Kalia said in a statement.

He said more troops were rushed to the area and the movement of the militants was tracked with the help of surveillance devices.

“Contact was re-established at 1020 hours when heavy fire was drawn by own search parties approximately 1.5 km from the LoC. In the ensuing firefight, two more terrorists were killed. Own troops suffered three KIA and two injured,” Col Kalia said.

(With inputs from PTI)

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