Srinagar: In a major success anti-insurgency drive, the security forces in North Kashmir shot dead five militants associated with Pakistani terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba. Also, a huge cache of arms and ammunitions have been seized from their possession. This has been reportedly, the second crackdown in less than two weeks.

Earlier, on March 28, the security forces had killed five LeT militants in the same area. Defence Ministry spokesperson Lt Colonel J S Brar had said three militants were killed after troops of 21 Rashtriya Rifles assisted by police launched an anti-insurgency operation in the forest area. The combing operation was conducted by the forces in Karmahoora forests located at 7 km away from Handwara area   of Kupwara district of North Kashmir.

Informing about the encounter, Brar said, “As the security moved towards the hideouts of the militants, they opened fire. The security forces retaliated and killed the militants in the ensuing gunfight.”

The terrorist first attacked with rifles, grenades and then used automatic guns to intensify their attack. The gun battle that began at around 12 in the afternoon lasted for several hours.

The identity of the slain militants could not be ascertained immediately but it the military spokesperson said that the militants were the members of Pakistan based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba.