Scuttling an infiltration bid, the army today gunned down three heavily-armed militants near the Line of Control (LoC) in Kupwara district of north Kashmir.
A group of three militants made an abortive attempt to sneak into this side of LoC but were shot dead by troops in Machil sector, 150 kms from here, in the wee hours, defence spokesman Lt Col J S Brar said here.
This is the first infiltration bid by militants in Machil sector of Kupwara this year. Earlier, militants made attempts to sneak in from nearby Keran and Tangdhar sectors but these were foiled by the troops who killed nearly a dozen militants.
Brar said the security personnel observed the movement of the militants at around 3 AM and challenged the armed intruders who opened fire.
The troops retaliated and in the ensuing gunbattle, the militants were killed. Five AK assault rifles and a pistol were recovered from them.
He said the identity of the slain militants could not be ascertained immediately.
"Probably they (militants) tried to use the bad weather conditions to sneak in. But our alert troops foiled their attempt," he added.
Meanwhile, militants and troops of Rashtriya Rifles exchanged fire at Warnav village of Lolab, 100 kms from here in Kupwara district, in the wee hours today.
The militants attacked the troops who were patrolling the area. The ultras fled after the troops retaliated.
Reinforcements were rushed to the area which was sealed. A thorough search was conducted but no arrests were made.