5 Indian Military Special Forces soldiers killed in Occupied Kashmir
NEW DELHI - Five soldiers and an equal number of militants were killed in the four-day long “intense gunfight in a snow-bound area” along the Line of Control (LoC) in the north Kashmir’s Kupwara, the Army said on Monday, The Hindu has reported.
“It was an intense hand-to-hand battle in which all five militants were eliminated. However, the Army lost five of its best soldiers, three on the site and two more as they were being airlifted to a nearby military hospital,” a Srinagar-based Army spokesman said.
The Army sources said the footsteps on snow were first reported in the morning on April 1 in an inaccessible pocket of the Keran Sector, close to the LoC.
Due to the difficult terrain and inclement weather, the group of terrorists could not be engaged, the Army said.
The combing operation started again on April 4 and the main contact with the militants was established on the morning of April 5.