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Major infiltration bid in north Kashmir

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Baramulla, Sep 11 (UNI) A fierce encounter was on between a group of Pakistani infiltrators and security forces in Gurez sector in Jammu and Kashmir, official sources said.

They said security forces guarding the Line of Control (LoC) noticed a group of militants sneaking into this side from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) at Tulail in Gurez sector early this morning.

The official sources said when challenged and asked to surrender, militants opened fire. The fire was returned and the encounter is continuing when reports last came in.

This was the first major bid by militants in the area to sneak into this side after the infiltration routes received light snowfall in the first week of this month.

A senior army officer said that a large number of militants are waiting across the border to infiltrate into this side from PoK before the high passes are closed due to snowfall.

He said infiltraton was going on though the number has gone down against the previous years.

The officer said security forces have intensified foot and night patrolling along the borders to foil any militant attempt to sneak into this side or smuggle in arms and ammunition.

UNI XC/BAS SAM RK1920

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