September 2021 News

3 Terrorists Killed As Army Foils Infiltration Bid Near LoC In Baramulla

23 September 2021

Srinagar: The Army on Thursday foiled an infiltration bid near the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla district, killing three terrorists and recovering a cache of arms and ammunition, officials said. 'We noticed some suspicious movement in the Hathlanga area near the LoC. The infiltrators were challenged and three of them were killed,' an Army officer said. He said a large cache of arms and ammunition, including five assault rifles, seven pistols and grenades, were recovered. Briefing the media at the Army's Chinar Corps headquarters here, General Officer Commanding Lt General D P Pandey said there has been increased activity at the launch pads on the other side of the LoC recently. 'While there was no infiltration since the beginning of the year, there has been a little activity at the launch pads which cannot happen without the knowledge of Pakistan army commanders,' he said. Lt Gen Pandey said this was evident from the infiltration bid that was foiled on Thursday as well as the one in the Uri sector on September 18-19. Commanding Officer of the operation, while briefing the presser via video-conferencing said 'Army spotted a group of terrorists in Hathlanga area of Uri at 6 am. Surveillance was enhanced and the group was challenged.' The army's Uri-based Commanding Officer said that three slain were carrying huge quantity of arms and ammunition which include five AK-47 rifles, seven pistols, 5 AK magazines, 24 UBGl grenades, 38 Chinese grenades, seven Pakistan made grenades, Rs 35,000 Pakistani currency, and some edibles. The GoC said so far one slain has been identified who is a Pakistani resident. 'The identity of the other two is being ascertained,' he said. 'Army is alert. We were anticipating a change in the behavior of Pakistan in the month of September and expecting infiltration ahead of the onset of winter. I would not like to connect this with geo-politics. We are ready to foil all bids,' he said. He said after sanitizing the area, Uri's operation has been called off. At the presser, IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar said, 'There is a new trend of hybrid and part-time terrorists who are being given pistols to carry out target killings during evening hours and then they resume normal activities after a day.' 'So far this year, 97 pistols have been recovered from ultras, which signifies hybrid militants are being promoted to target unarmed policemen, civilians, and political leaders,' he added. Kumar said terrorists are feeling frustrated by the prevailing peaceful atmosphere, rising number of tourist arrivals.