Arms recovery made by the Indian army from the six terrorists killed in the Uri terror attack of has been termed as ‘significant’ owing to the presence of two 12-bore shotguns, which indicate the militants’ specialised training.
This is the first time in 25 years of militancy that the army has recovered the shotguns. This was revealed to defence minister Manohar Parrikar during his visit to the valley on Thursday.
“The recovery is very significant as shotguns are used by specialised forces in combat situations, meaning the terrorists were trained by specialised forces in commando tactics,” said an army official, who did not want to be named. “In this case it could have been Pakistan’s SSG which must have imparted the training," the official said.
According to army officials, shotguns are used to blast doors to gain surprise access and hit moving targets like vehicles. “It can also be used on large number of people like in a gathering," said an official. “It is a small gun which can be easily carried into a gathering and can cause much damage. It is very effective against armoured targets," the official said.
The findings have also led the army in Srinagar to fear that political rallies could have been the target of the terrorists.