Srinagar: Three armed infiltrators suspected to be Pakistani were killed as the Army foiled an infiltration bid close to the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Thursday, officials said.
The infiltration bid- the first in Baramulla district this year- was foiled in forward areas of Kamalkote area of Uri sector.
A Srinagar-based defence spokesman Col Emron Musavi said Indian Army’s successful operation has not only led to elimination of three Pakistani terrorists, but also has resulted in thwarting Pakistan’s nefarious design and intent to disrupt peace, prosperity and normalcy in J&K.
Giving details, he said the counter infiltration operation was launched on Wednesday based on specific intelligence from Army intelligence agencies.
“On August 24 afternoon, multiple ambushes were laid to trap the infiltrators. Intensive electronic surveillance of the suspected area led to detection of the attempt at 7 am today. Terrorists were hoping to use the cover of thick undergrowth, foliage and continuous rain and low clouds to infiltrate,” the spokesman said.
He said the contact with the infiltrators was established at about 8.45 am.
“The contact was established in the forward area of Indian side of the LoC, leading to heavy exchange of fire in which the terrorists were killed,” the spokesman said. “Detailed search of the area concluded at 2 pm.”
“The search of the area yielded bodies of three terrorists, two AK rifles, one Chinese M-16 rifle along with other war like stores,” Col Musavi said.
The identities and the group affiliation of the slain could not be established. However, Army claims the three slain were Pakistanis.
The spokesman said use of electronic surveillance and intelligence-based operations continue to be mainstay of Indian Army operations against Pakistan sponsored terror in J&K.
There has been a spurt in infiltration bids in the last few days. The army has foiled at least three infiltration bids along the LoC in Jammu region in the last four days.