May 2017 News

BAT Action Foiled In Uri, 2 Militant Killed: Army

26 May 2017
Rising Kashmir
Javid Ahmad

Srinagar: Army on Friday claimed to have foiled Pakistan army's Border Action Team (BAT) action along the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri sector of north Kashmir's Baramulla district by killing two militants. Sources said the BAT action was foiled by army somewhere between Gwaltana and Uroosa area along the LoC in Uri sector this morning. 'There was a BAT action against an Army patrol along the LoC. However, it was foiled,' defence spokesperson, Rajesh Kalia said. He said two BAT militants were killed in the firefight while the operation along the LoC was on. Commanding Officer of 4 JAKLI, Colonel Bhanwar Singh said the BAT militants had crossed some 400 meters inside the LoC. 'They aimed at targeting our posts and army patrol. The firefight erupted after army detected BAT movement. During the gunfight, two militants were killed. We expect the presence of some more militants in the vicinity. The combing operation is on. Due to thick forests, it would take time to sanitise the area and call off the operation,' he said. The BAT comprises Pakistan army's commandos and militants. Its primary task is to dominate the LoC and carry out disruptive activities in the form of sneaky raids on Indian army posts and personnel. The BAT usually targets Indian army patrol teams or isolated posts along the LoC. On May 1, two army men were killed and their bodies mutilated by BAT team in Krishnaghati sector of Poonch district in Jammu province. The BAT action triggered a fresh LoC flare-up and days later army claimed to have carried attacks on Pakistani posts.