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Army guns down two militants in J-K's Kupwara, foils infiltration bid

Two militants have been killed as the army foiled an infiltration bid by militants along the Line of Control in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir early today morning. HT reports.

india Updated: Aug 14, 2013 14:24 IST
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Indian Army jawans gunned down two terrorists in the wee hours of Wednesday when the latter were trying to sneak into the Indian territory of Kupwara district in Jammu and Kashmir.

The operation in Keran sector is still on. The number of militants killed during infiltration bid in the last two months has risen to 21.

Army sources said that a group of militants tried to enter the Indian territory around 3 in the morning. But ‘ustad brigade’ of the army shot them dead.

The incident comes just a week after Pakistani soldiers killed 5 Indian jawans 400 metres inside the Indian territory in the Poonch sector on August 5.

The attack came as the two countries were moving towards resuming peace talks in September on the sidelines of United Natiions General Assembly. The talks were stalled after a series of deadly border clashes in January this year.

The Indian army said the killing of five soldiers was an act of revenge by Pakistan against the killing of 19 militants during their infiltration attempts in the preceding weeks.

There have been 57 ceasefire violations by Pakistan this year which, the army says, is almost 80% more than the last year.

Recent infiltration bids
Pakistan militants have made several infiltration bids in July and August, specially in Tangdhar, Keran and Kupwara sectors of Jammu and Kashmir.

On July 29, the army foiled an infiltration bid in Keran sector along the Line of Control, killing a militant in the operation and the very next day (July 30), Indian armed forces faced two infiltration bids in north Kashmir's Kupwara district. The army foiled their attempt to barge into the Indian territory and gunned down two militants.

On August 2, 2013, the militants tried to execute a major infiltration plan at Tangdhar sector. However, Indian army jawans made them retreat after a fierce exchange of fire, killing one militant on the spot.

Lt Gen Hooda’s words come true
Based on army intelligence reports, general officer commanding (GoC) 19 corps Lt Gen DS Hooda had said on July 16 that about 250 to 300 terrorists in groups of 10 to 20 were waiting to sneak into the Indian territory. He had even pointed out that their concentration was maximum opposite Poonch and their aim was to target Indian troops and border posts.

He admitted that there was an increase in their attempts across the Line of Control (LoC), “targeting the posts, trying and disturbing our grid, so that they can infiltrate," Lt Gen Hooda said and added that the intruders were frustrated as the Indian Army had repeatedly foiled their infiltration bids and that was one reason why there had been so much firing at Indian posts across the LoC.

Almost 20 days after his revelation, Pakistan intruders penetrated 400 metres into the Indian territory in Poonch sector and gunned down five Indian jawans on patrol duty. The issues rocked Parliament after defence minister AK Antony termed it as the work of persons dressed in Pakistan uniforms. Later, he corrected his statement and named the Pakistan army behind the incident.

First Published: Aug 14, 2013 10:12 IST