A terrorist in a six-member team trying to infiltrate into the Indian territory was believed to have been killed, as the BSF in Kathua district fired back at them across the border with Pakistan, a defence official said on Thursday.
Less than four hours later, Pakistan army resorted to heavy mortar shelling and firing at Tarkundi and Manjakote in Bhimber Gali and Balakote sectors along the Line of Control in the border districts of Rajouri and Poonch. In the wee hours, they targeted civilian areas as well, leading to panic among the people, Defence spokesman Lt Col Manish Mehta.
“The mortar fire stopped at 3.30 am, but attacks using small arms and automatic weapons are continuing,” he added. “We are responding in equal measure.”
Earlier, an attack in Bobbiyan area of Hiranagar sector began at 11.55 pm on Wednesday, with men from Pakistan side using automatic weapons fire. “They also shot two mortar bombs,” a senior BSF officer told HT. “We retaliated and forced the Pakistanis to stop the fire. It continued for five minutes.”
Subsequent checking revealed it was an infiltration bid by six terrorists, he said, adding the Indian side suffered no injuries.
The 198-km border runs from Paharpur in Kathua to Chicken’s neck area in Akhnoor sub division of Jammu district.
The six ultras took advantage of the undulating ground and thick wild growth on Pakistani side, and reached close to the Bobbiyan border. They fired with automatic weapons and two RPG shells at BSF Naka (ambush), the spokesperson said.
“Our forces located them and fired back, forcing them to retreat,” he added. “An illumination bomb the BSF fired that time gave sight to the ultras carrying an injured person. He might have died of injuries.”
Pakistan has stepped up firing and shelling on Indian posts and villages since India’s September 28 surgical strikes on terror launchpads across the LoC.