Militant Trying To Sneak Into J&K Killed 

Indian forces personnel patrolling near the line of control - File Pic

Jammu: An unidentified militant on Tuesday was killed while trying to sneak into Jammu and Kashmir through Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district, officials said Tuesday.

According to official sources, the security forces noticed the movement of a group of five militants on the other side of the fence in Samhani Bagsar area in Naushera sector of the district. The movement of militants, they said was well intercepted before they could have managed to reach LoC and were engaged.

Amid engagement of militants, official sources said an explosion took place in the area after one of the infiltrators stepped over a land mine or an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and died on the spot

"The body of the killed militant was taken along by his four associates who returned back to the launch pad,” the sources said.

They said that the group of militants was possibly a fidayeen squad and were heavily armed.

"Since the incident, searches are going on in the area for to ensure proper area dominance,” the sources said

Meanwhile, India and Pakistan troops exchanged heavy gunfire in the neighboring Poonch district, officials said.

"At about 1000 (10 am) hours today (Tuesday), Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing with small arms and intense shelling with mortars along LoC in Degwar and Qasba sectors of district Poonch," a defence spokesperson said.

The Indian Army is retaliating befittingly, he added.

Pakistan troops had shelled forward areas of Mankote and Mendhar sectors of Poonch district and resorted to firing along the International Border (IB) in Hirangar sector of Kathua district on Monday resulting in injuries to an animal and damage to a house, they said.

Pakistani troops had shelled areas along the LoC in Rajouri and Poonch districts on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday last week as well as on Monday in Balakote, Subderbani, Nowshera, Qasba, Kirni, Mendhar, Mankote, Degwar, Krishnagati and Hiranagar sector of Kathua district.


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