"Alert troops noticed movement of heavily armed militants close to the Line of Control in Keran Sector of Kupwara at around 3.00 am. The militants were challenged, triggering a gun battle," a defence spokesman said.
    
He said two infiltrators were killed in the exchange of fire between the two sides. "The operation was in progress when last reports were received," he said.

Infiltration attempts from across the LoC have been on the rise since the beginning of July and so far over 16 militants have been eliminated in operations along the ceasefire line in the past six weeks.

Pakistan violates ceasefire again, targets 16 Indian posts
    
Jammu: Violating the ceasefire for the ninth time in the past four days, Pakistani troops targeted 16 Indian forward posts and civilian areas along the Line of Control in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir resulting in heavy exchanges.


   
"Pakistani troops fired on Indian posts along the LoC in Hamirpur-Balakote and Mendhar forward areas in Poonch district last night" Defence Spokesman SN Acharya said on Wednesday.
    
Pakistani troops had fired at Indian posts along LoC at 9.20 pm last night and the firing continued till 6 am on Wednesday, Acharya said, adding there was no loss of life or injury to anyone in the firing from Pakistan.

Pakistani Rangers had also fired small arms on Kothay Border Out Post along IB in Samba district at 9:30 pm on Tuesday, a BSF officer said.

Pakistan targeted 16 Indian forward posts in Hamirpur, Balakote and Mankote forward areas in Poonch throughout the night. Pakistan fired at six posts each in Balakote and
Hamirpur areas and four in Mankote belt.
    
Eight posts manned by the troops of 605 Mujahid Regiment troops of Pakistan Army, were involved in the firing on Indian posts. This is the ninth ceasefire violation by Pakistan in the past four days, security official said.
    
Pakistani Rangers had on Tuesday violated the ceasefire and fired at Narianpur Border Out Post (BoP) in Ramgarh forward area in Samba district.

(Agencies)

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