Srinagar- Army on Monday claimed to have foiled an infiltration attempt by killing three unidentified militants along the Line of Control (LoC) in Naushera sector of Rajouri district.
The Pakistani militants made the abortive attempt to sneak into the Kalal area of Nowshera from Pakistan-controlled Kashmir (PcK) on May 28 but were killed in the subsequent counter-infiltration operation, the officials said.
They said bodies of all the three infiltrators were found by the search parties Monday morning but could not be retrieved due to close proximity of the enemy posts and the lurking threat of firing during any attempt to recover them.
However, a large quantity of arms and ammunition, including two AK assault rifles with 13 filled magazines, a US-make M-16A2 rifle with six filled magazines, a 9-MM Chinese pistol, an Under Barrel Grenade Launcher (UBGL) with six grenades, five hand grenades and two knives, was recovered during the operation, the officials said.
In addition, they said, a large quantity of food items, medicines and Rs 17,000 in Indian currency was recovered from the rucksacks which were found left abandoned by the militants while trying to flee back in the face of the heavy firing by the Indian Army.
The area is still under domination and operations are in progress, the officials said.
Pak Attacked Indian Posts With Guided Missiles: Army
Army on Monday accused Pakistan troops of attacking forward posts with guided missiles and mortar shells along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district.
The Pakistan army resorted to heavy shelling along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district, prompting a befitting reply from the Indian side, officials said here.
The Pakistani troopers carried out attacks on forward posts with guided missiles, they added.
“At about 2030 hours today, the Pakistan army initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing with small arms and intense shelling with mortars along the LoC in Mankote sector of Poonch district,” a defence spokesman said.
The Indian Army is retaliating befittingly, he added.
Pakistan on Sunday carried out heavy shelling in four sectors in Poonch and Rajouri districts, in which Mohammad Yasir, a resident of Gohlad, received splinter injuries when a mortar shell exploded near his house, the officials said.
They said over half a dozen villages in forward areas were hit by the overnight shelling, resulting in partial damage to two houses.
Due to the overnight shelling, panic-stricken people in border areas spent the whole night in bunkers and other safe places, the officials added.
CASO Launched Along IB After ‘Suspicious Movement’
State forces launched a search operation following “suspected movement” in the riverine areas along the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua-Samba sector, officials said on Monday.
The Border Security Force (BSF) and police launched the operation in the Hiranagar area late Sunday night after receiving information about the use of torch lights and suspected movement along the border, they said.
The entire area was cordoned off and searches conducted till Monday morning, the officials said.
The operation is going on in Samba sector’s riverine areas of Basantar and Eik Nalah areas, which are adjacent to Hiranagar, they said.
In the last few years, militants have infiltrated into India through Hiranagar and Samba and carried out attacks on army camps, police stations in Samba, Kathua, Jammu and Nagrota areas.
Checkpoints along the International Border and on the Jammu-Pathankot highway are on alert.
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