The Indian Army claimed on Sunday that at least three militants were killed during a gun battle near the Line of Control (LoC) in north Kashmir’s frontier Kupwara district.
According to Indian Army spokesman Lt. Col. NN Jossi, three militants were killed in an encounter with the Indian army during the night between Saturday and Sunday on the LoC in Keran town which divides the disputed region of Kashmir between Pakistani and Indian control.
“Once the group was seen heading towards LoC, they were kept under constant surveillance. The terrorists moved towards the LoC fencing and attempted to cut the fencing and cross over,” Jossi said.
“The terrorists were then engaged by the vigilant soldiers deployed. An intense gunfight ensued which resulted in elimination of three terrorists,” he added.
Three AK 47 rifles, one underbarrel grenade launcher, 12 AK-47 magazines, 300 AK-47 rounds, eight grenades and other equipment were recovered from the bodies of the militants who have not yet been identified, Jossi said.
As the firefight between militants and soldiers in the area continues as soldiers carry out an operation in the forests of the Keran sector, according to the Pakistani newspaper The Express Tribune.
At the beginning of this month, the Indian army announced that two militants and a soldier were killed after an alleged shootout in the northern Kashmiri town of Baramulla district.
Kashmir is divided between India, Pakistan and China which suffers from ongoing violence and conflict. Sides lay claim to the Muslim majority Himalayan region.
Pakistan and India have fought to take full control of the region since they were partitioned in 1947.
In the Indian controlled area of Kashmir groups have been fighting against Indian rule for independence since 1989. About 70,000 residents of the region have been killed in clashes between the Indian army and rebels since fighting began.