Five militants were killed on Sunday as the Army foiled an infiltration bid along the the Line of Control (LoC) in Keran sector of Jammu and Kashmir‘s Kupwara district, a defence spokesperson said.
Five soldiers were also killed in the exchange of fire, an offfial said. They were identified as Subedar Sanjeev Kumar of Himachal Pradesh, Haveldar Davendra Singh of Utarakhand, paratrooper Bal Krishan of Himachal Pradesh, Paratrooper Amit Kumar of Utarakhand and Chhatrapal Singh of Rajasthan.
“In an ongoing anti-infiltration operation in Keran sector of north Kashmir, alert troops braving inclement weather and hostile terrain have so far eliminated five terrorists attempting to infiltrate across the LoC,” Colonel Rajesh Kalia said.
During the operation, a soldier died while two were critically injured, he said.
Despite inclement weather, the two injured were evacuated, but they succumbed to their injuries, the spokesperson said.
“Evacuation of the injured is hampered due to heavy snow and rough terrain conditions,” he said, adding the operation was still in progress.
Later, an official confirmed that two more soldiers who were injured in the gunfight also succumbed to their injuries.