July 2001 News

Pak militants try another Kargil-like intrusion; killed

2 July 2001
The Hindustan Times

Srinagar: THE INDIAN Army on Monday foiled an infiltration bid by Pakistani militants in the Drass sector of Kargil district in Jammu and Kashmir killing all three of them, a defence spokesman said. No casualties were suffered by the Army. This was the first attempt by militants to sneak into the Drass sector since the 1999 Kargil war. The spokesman said as soon as information about the presence of infiltrators was received, combing operations were launched and sniffer dogs pressed into service. The militants were tracked and shot down, he said. Five AK rifles and a large quantity of explosives were recovered from the slain militants, he said. The infiltration bid in Drass sector comes at a time when India and Pakistan are engaged in making preparations for the Vajpayee-Musharraf summit scheduled for July 14. Army sources said the infiltration bid proved to be a major setback to the militants as their attempt to spread militancy into this otherwise dormant sector had been foiled.


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