Army ‘foils’ BAT attack along LoC in Tangdhar

Srinagar: Army on Friday claimed to have foiled a Border Action Team attempt to strike on its posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Tangdhar sector of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.

Official sources said that a gunfight broke out between militants and government forces in Tangdhar sector near the LoC today morning. The gunfight broke out when the troops challenged the movement of a group of militants.

Army’s 28 DIV in a statement claimed that the alert soldiers manning the fence in Tangdhar foiled the BAT action by engaging them in a gunfight that lasted for an hour.

“In its continued efforts to destabilize the situation along the line of control and target Indian Army Posts, a Border Action Team comprising of militants and actively supported by heavy shelling using mortars and other weapons from multiple posts tried to raid a forward post of Tangdhar sector of Kupwara district,” the statement said.

Alert Indian Army troops detected the movement of the BAT team which was trying to creep towards the Indian post under cover of heavy fire by enemy posts and effectively repulsed it causing causalities, the statement said.

“The exchange of fire continued for an hour as the Pakistan Army posts tried to cause damage to the Indian posts but failed in their nefarious designs due to the tough and offensive approach shown by army troops,” the statement said.

This is the second day in a row when Pak army troops have tried such kind of action.

On Feb 20, a BSF trooper was killed in a sniper attack by the Pakistani army. The army had later retaliated and claimed to have killed two of the Pakistani army men. (GNS)

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