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Army finds huge weapons caches near LoC

india Updated: Jun 22, 2006 21:41 IST
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The Army has busted three huge arms caches near the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir from which terrorists picked up weapons after sneaking into the state, officials said in New Delhi on Thursday.

This marked a departure from the terrorists' earlier tactic of sneaking across the LoC along with weapons, an army spokesman said adding that the caches were found in the span of just two weeks.

In intensified combing operations following a recent surge in attacks by terrorists on tourists and in civilian areas, the security forces had unearthed the three caches in thick forests near the LoC, the spokesman said.

The recoveries include some 900 grenades, over 60 kg of explosives, anti-tank mines, flame throwers, a large number of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and assault rifles.

The dumps were located close to the LoC, army sources said, to enable the terrorists to sneak into Kashmir without weapons and then pick up the arms from the Indian side of the frontier.

Personnel of 41 Rashtriya Rifles and 20 Jammu and Kashmir Rifles stumbled on two huge such arms dumps near Naogam and Khanabal areas of Kupwara district on June 20.

The Rashtriya Rifles personnel, acting on intelligence tip-offs, searched a heavily wooded area close to the LoC in Naogam and recovered a sniper rifle, two assault rifles, two universal machine guns, pistols, 17 grenades and 12 kg of explosives.

In nearby Khanabal, a contingent of Jammu and Kashmir Rifles found 851 grenades, four AK-47 rifles, a sniper rifle, two flames throwers, 35 IEDs, 50 kg of explosives and some anti-tank mines.

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