On Thursday, militants opened fire outside 30 Rashtriya Rifles camp in Langate, Handwara. It is reported that terrorists opened fire around 5 am and it went on for 15-20 minutes. After a 15 minutes stand off, the firing resumed around 6.30am. With the encounter coming to an end around 11.30 am, a huge cache of arms and ammunitions have been recovered from the militants while 3 of them have been confirmed dead. No casualties have been incurred by the Indian Army.
“Three Pakistani terrorists were eliminated,and they were carrying huge cache of arms including 3 AK-47 rifles. The terrorists had started indiscriminate firing, our sentries were on high alert and retaliated instantly,” says Colonel Rajiv Saharan.
The maps and metric sheets they used are also being analysed, the medicines recovered have ‘made in Pakistan’ markings on them, added Saharan.
“At around 5 AM, militants opened firing on an army camp at Langate in Kupwara district, which was retaliated by the alert jawans,” an army official had told PTI. “There was firing once again on the camp at 6:30 AM as the forces were conducting the search operation,” the official later said. Additional forces have been rushed to the area, he said.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has been briefed about the attack.
Meanwhile, an army spokesperson said that three infiltration bids — two in Nowgam sector and one in Rampur sector — assisted by Pakistani posts were foiled on the intervening night of October 5-6.
While massive search operations have been launched, this is the third attack of its kind. While the first one took place in Uri on September 18, three days ago militants attacked the army base in Baramulla where one BSF soldier lost his life.