BSF troops on Wednesday foiled two infiltration bids after a brief encounter with militants along the Indo-Pak border in Akhnoor sector of Jammu division, the seventh such attempt by ultras from across the border this month.
A group of five militants entered Indian territory around 12OO hours and their movement was picked up by the patrolling party of BSF at Tent Border Out Post in Akhnoor sector, a senior BSF official said.
The militants were challenged and the gunbattle between the two sides continued for over an hour. The militants later fled back.
Another attempt was probably made by the same group some distance away from the Tent post around 0430 hours and after a brief firefight between BSF and the infiltrating militants, they fled, the official said.
This was the seventh infiltration bid by militants from across the border in the region this month.
The first infiltration bid this year was foiled by BSF at Narianpur Border Out Post in Ramgarh sub-sector of Samba district on January 4.
It was followed by another infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) in Balakote area of Poonch district on January 8.