Army: Foiled BAT Action, 5-7 Militants Killed In Keran


Army personnel take positions near line of Control (PTI File Photo)

SRINAGAR — Army has claimed to have foiled an attack by Pakistan’s Border Action Team (BAT) on a forward post along the Line of Control (LoC) in Keran sector of north Kashmir, killing at least “five to seven” intruders.

The BAT generally comprises special forces personnel of the Pakistani Army and militants.

“A BAT attempt was made on one of the forward posts in Keran sector (in Kupwara district) and foiled by alert troops resulting in neutralising of five to seven Pak regulars/terrorists,” defence spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia said.

He said Pakistan has made a number of attempts in the last 36 hours to disturb peace in the Valley and to target Amarnath Yatra.

The defence spokesperson said four hardcore Jaish-e-Mohammad militants were neutralised in two operations in which a cache of sniper rifle, IED and mine with Pakistan markings were recovered.

“This clearly indicates complicity of Pakistan in terror activities. Security forces will continue to respond to all nefarious activities along the LoC and hinterland,” he said

Indian Troops Used Cluster Ammunition: Pak

The Pakistan Army said on Saturday that the Indian troops had used “cluster ammunition” to target civilians across the line of control and killed two persons, an allegation the Indian Army rejected as “pure propaganda”.

Pakistan Army Spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor said in a statement the international community should take notice of the “violation” of the Geneva Convention and international humanitarian law.

“Indian Army uses cluster ammunition along LoC deliberately targeting civilian population…This is violation of Geneva Convention and international humanitarian law,” he said.

Ghafoor said the Indian troops on the night of July 30 targeted innocent citizens in the Neelum Valley, killing two civilians, including a four-year-old boy while injuring 11 others.

The Indian Army in New Delhi rejected the claim of having used any cluster ammunition, calling the allegations by Pakistan as “pure propaganda”.

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