Jammu: An attack by Pakistan’s Border Action Team (BAT) was repulsed by the army, which allegedly killed a heavily armed “intruder” and grievously injured two others along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch, a senior official said on Monday.
Three soldiers were also injured in the gunfight, an official said.
The BAT team, comprising Pakistani regulars and militants, tried to sneak in from across the LoC in Gulpur area of Khari Karmara sector last evening under cover of heavy shelling but the alert troops foiled their “nefarious designs”, Jammu-based army PRO Lt Col Devender Anand said.
A huge quantity of arms and ammunition along with a Pakistani flag was recovered from the slain militants whose body was recovered during the search and sanitisation operation, he said.
“We will be offering to hand over the body of the armed intruder to the Pakistan Army,” the official added.
Three soldiers were injured in the gunbattle and were evacuated to military hospital for specialized treatment, said an official, who did not want to be named.
Sharing details of the incident, Lt Col Anand said on Sunday evening at about 1715 hours, Pakistan army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing from small arms, automatics and mortars engaging the troops deployed at forward posts on the LoC.
Our troops responded with retaliatory fire in equal measure. The alert troops noticed some movement and immediately engaged the group with effective fire and there was immediate retaliation from the armed intruders, the Army PRO said.
The covering fire from Pakistan Army posts, meanwhile, continued unabated, he added.
In the firefight, an armed intruder was killed and at least two others sustained grievous injuries and were seen retreating towards a Pakistani post, the official said.
The subsequent search and sanitisation operation resulted in the recovery of one body in combat fatigues along with three live RPG grenades, four disposable rocket launchers, two IKOM radio sets, an AK Magazine, two Molotov cocktails, four UBGL grenades, seven hand grenades, a PIKA belt fired and a mobile phone, the PRO said.
Three backpacks, a medical satchel and a Pakistani national flag were also recovered from the scene of the gunfight, he added.
The modus operandi adopted by the Pakistan army and their sponsored and supported militants in this instance is similar to the attempts made in the recent past in incidents like the one at Keri and Gambir along the LoC and Sunjuwan in Jammu, he said.
“The heavy recovery of weapons like disposable RLs, Rocket propelled grenades (RPG) and incendiary ammunition clearly indicates implicit support of the Pakistan Army to target and cause casualties while maintaining a degree of deniability,” he said.