3 jawans among 5 killed in LoC encounter

Three soldiers were among five killed as the Army foiled a major infiltration bid in north Kashmir's Nowgam sector on Wednesday. It was the second infiltration attempt by militants to be pushed back by the Army in Kupwara district in the past five days.

Defense spokesperson Lt Col J S Brar said that with infiltration low so far this year, militant groups appeared to be trying to push in members before winter set in and snow closed entry points.

He said the Army had spotted the infiltrators close to the LoC around midnight and the gunfight that followed had continued for several hours.

Arms and ammunition were reportedly recovered from the two slain militants. The Armymen who died were jawans.

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