Jammu: Two heavily armed Pakistani infiltrators and three soldiers were killed Sunday in a gunfight after the Army foiled an infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district, a defence spokesperson said.
The slain “infiltrators” are believed to be members of a Border Action Team (BAT) comprising Pakistan Army soldiers and trained militants, an army officer said on condition of anonymity.
“At about 1:45 pm, Indian Army in Sunderbani sector had a fierce encounter with heavily armed Pakistani infiltrators very close to the LoC. The patrol (team) killed two infiltrators and recovered war-like stores including two AK-47 rifles,” the spokesperson said.
He said three soldiers were killed while fighting the “infiltrators” and another soldier suffered grievous injuries and has been airlifted to the Army Command hospital in Udhampur.
The injured soldier’s condition is reported to be stable, the spokesperson said.
He said the area near the encounter site was cordoned off and a “search-and-destroy” operation is in progress.