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Keran operation carried out on basis of intelligence inputs: Army

Army said on Monday that Pakistan army had a hand in pushing into this side the six militants who were killed in Keran area of Kupwara district on Sunday.

“It is unlikely that the group could have attempted (to enter this side) without the knowledge of Pakistan army as their infiltration took place from a spot which is between two Pakistan army posts. In fact, close to one of the posts,” VS Chauhan, commander 268 Infantry Division, told reporters at Kupwara. He said the entire operation was carried out on the basis of intelligence inputs.

“We had reliable inputs about the presence of various Pakistan-based militants at difference launching pads in Pakistan side opposite Keran. These groups were poised for infiltration,” said Chauhan. “Accordingly we had kept our troops vigilant and alert,” he said.

He said the militants had been spotted advancing towards the LoC fence on the night intervening 9 and 10 June.

He said the troops challenged the militants when they came close to the fence, triggering a gunfight during which the militants tried to run back toward the Pakistan side.

Six AK-47 rifles, a pistol with magazines, ammunition, hand grenades, UBGL, medicines and food items with Pakistani markings were recovered from the militants, Chauhan said.

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