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War-like arms dumps recovered in J&K

With the recovery of such huge war-like stores terrorists have got a setback in carrying out their anti-national activities.

india Updated: Dec 24, 2006 23:12 IST

Army on Sunday recovered war-like arms dumps of terrorists in northern district Baramullah’s border area of Uri. A defence spokesperson said that the arms dumps were recovered from Sheri village on specific information. He said that four army columns were launched for the search of arms.

The spokesperson said that during searches two AK rifles, 1084 AK ammunitions, seven AK magazines, four pistols, five pistol magazines, 32 pistol ammunitions, two UBGL, 57 UBGL grenades, one disposal RL, 40 hand grenades, seven anti tank mines, five anti tank grenades, four improvised explosive devices, three improvised explosive device charger, nine detonator, one binocular, four kgs explosives, three rocket propelled grenade shells and three radio sets were recovered from the area.

"With the recovery of such huge war like stores the terrorists have got a setback in carrying out their anti-national activities", the spokesperson said.

He said that terrorists got another setback in Sopore area, where two top commanders of Al Mansoorain group were gunned down in joint operation by 22-RR, SOG and BSF. He said that the operation was launched on Saturday during which a firefight broke between security forces and terrorists, who had taken shelter in one of the houses in Hatam Mohalla.

"In a precision based surgical operation, the two terrorists were killed, identified as Osama Pahalwan Chief of Operations valley, AL Mansurria (LeT) and Kari Usman, District Commander, AL Mansurria (LeT), Sopore", the spokesperson said. The spokesperson said that two AK-47 rifles with magazines, 60 rounds of AK-47 ammunition, 20 hand grenades, two pouches (burnt), one Satellite Phone (burnt) and two mobile phones (burnt) were recovered.

The spokesperson paid rich tributes to Col GS Sarna, who was killed in encounter with terrorists at Behrampore in Pattan on Saturday. He said that the commanding officer was leading from the front when he came under fire from terrorists.

"The presence of terrorists in a hideout was first sighted by Colonel Sarna himself who personally broke open the hideout in a house and challenged the terrorists. A fire fight ensued between the officer and some terrorists at a very close range and resulted in the killing of one terrorist by the officer on the sport and seriously injuring another. However in the process, Colonel Sarna received multiple bullet injuries and while being evacuated to the hospital succumbed to his injuries," the spokesperson said.

He praised Col Sarna as brave and valiant officer, who exhibited indomitable courage during operations against terrorists. He said that the operation at Behrampore was still in progress.

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First Published: Dec 24, 2006 23:12 IST