Army claims killing 6 militants after foiling infiltration bid

Army on Saturday claimed to have killed six militants in the Rampur sector of Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district, a day after it gunned down two militants near the line of control in Uri.

A senior Army official said that the troops had noticed suspicious movement in the early hours and a firefight broke out between the infiltrators and the Army, resulting in killing of six militants.

Officials said that the army had received specific input about the movement of the militants after which they laid an ambush at around 7.30 pm on Friday. He said that the area was cordoned off and search operations were underway to flush out any remaining militants.

Earlier this week, Major General Ashok Narula had said that due to the increase in the region’s temperature, the snow-blocked mountain passes have become easier to navigate. This has led to an increase in the infiltration attempts from the Pakistani side. He further said that the army was ready to counter such threats.

The army had also said that “punitive fire assaults” had been launched recently along the LoC. These assaults were a “part of a plan to proactively dominate the LoC and counter-terrorism operations to curb infiltration,” Major Narula said.

The army had earlier foiled an attack by Pakistan’s Border Action Team (BAT) in the Uri sector. Two members of the BAT were killed in the attack on Friday.

The situation along the border has remained tense after the ceasefire violations. The Indian Army earlier claimed to have destroyed a bunker in Pakistan, which was however, denied by the Pakistani Authorities.

On Friday Army claimed to have gunned down two militants of the Pakistan’s Border Action Team (BAT), which came 25 days after its two men were beheaded allegedly by Pakistani army, further escalating the tensions along the border. Army claimed that it foiled an attack in Uri by the BAT, which is a special force used for cross-LoC raids and assaults along the LoC. 

On May 1, while Pakistani troops were targeting two forward posts of the Army, BAT moved in and beheaded two security personnel –BSF head Constable Prem Sagar and Army Subedar Paramjeet Singh. On October 28 last year, an Indian army soldier was killed and his body mutilated close to the LoC in the Machil sector. In January 2013, Lance Naik Hemraj was killed and his body mutilated allegedly by the BAT. With the latest fatality, the number of killings in cross-border firing incidents in the ongoing month has risen to three on the Pakistani side, while at least 30 others have been injured.


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