Indian forces kill 5 militants on Kashmir border

Indian Security forces on Monday killed five militants attempting to cross into Indian-administered Kashmir from the Pakistan side of the disputed frontier, reports said.

The five were killed in a major gunbattle in the Machhil sector of the border in northern Kashmir, the reports said quoting an Indian defence spokesman.

“A major infiltration bid was foiled today in the Machhil sector by alert troops,” Press Trust of India news agency quoted the spokesman as saying.

The spokesman said weapons were recovered but did not indicate which group the militants belong to.

Indian forces have now killed about 40 militants this year trying to cross the Line of Control which has acted as the unofficial border since Muslim-majority Kashmir was divided in 1947. India and Pakistan both claim all of Kashmir.(AFP reported)