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Militant hideout busted; arms recovered in J&K

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Updated: May 8, 2011, 12:48 PM IST
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Militant hideout busted; arms recovered in J&K
This is 2nd major recovery of arms and ammunition in the forests of Kupwara district in north Kashmir in 72 hours.

Srinagar: A militant hideout was busted and a huge cache of arms and ammunition recovered by the Army in the forest area of Kupwara district in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said on Sunday.

"A militant hideout was busted in the Rajwar forest area of Handwara in Kupwara district by troops of Six Rashtriya Rifles assisted by the police," a senior army official said. He said the arms and ammunition included 12 rifles of AK series, one Under Barrel Grenade Launcher (UBGL), 40 UBGL grenades and 31 hand grenades.

The security forces also recovered 10 IED boxes, 48 detonators, 25 switches, 30 metres cordex wire, 42 magazines of AK rifles, 694 AK ammunition and 63 PIKA rounds, the official said.

Sophisticated navigation and communication equipment were also recovered from the hideout, he said.

"This is a major haul. Militants could have wreaked havoc with such kind of ammunition and explosives," the official added.

This is second major recovery of arms and ammunition in the forests of Kupwara district in north Kashmir, close to the Line of Control, within the last 72 hours. On Friday, the Army had recovered a similar haul from Trehgam area of the
district.

Army officials said the arms and ammunition were apparently hidden by the militants for their colleagues who have made several failed attempts to infiltrate into Kashmir Valley from Pakistan occupied Kashmir.

First Published: May 8, 2011, 12:48 PM IST
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