250-300 militants present at launch pads on opposite side: Army
Two militants, who tried to break the fence along the Line of Control (LoC) and sneaked into Kashmir, were killed in Naugam sector of Handwara in north Kashmir on Saturday, a Defence spokesman said.
Army launched a swift operation after detecting suspicious movement of militants along the LoC in Naugam sector early Saturday morning, Srinagar-based defence spokesman, Col. Rajesh Kalia said.
He said Indian Army swiftly launched an ambush, resulting in the killing of two militants.
General Officer Commanding (GoC) of Baramulla-based 19 infantry division Major General, Virender Vats said, "Appropriate response was given by troops on ground taken against the infiltrators who were trying to cut the fence at LoC."
Addressing a news conference at Baramulla, he said, "The militants were dressed in combat fatigues and had taken the route through Pakistani posts opposite which clearly indicates that Pakistan is pushing militants into this side."
The senior Army officer said that around 1.5 lakh Indian and Pakistani currency was recovered from the slain militants besides two AK 47 rifles, 350 rounds, other arms and ammunition, and some electronic switches as well.
He said the identity and affiliation of the slain militants was being ascertained.
This infiltration attempt follows similar attempts made in Rajouri and Kupwara sectors in recent past and needed to be seen in the backdrop of various inputs about the "presence of militants on the launch pads across the LoC and fully facilitated and supported by Pakistani Army."
Major Gen Vats said, "Ever since India's August 5 move, Pakistan was trying hard to push more and more militants into the Valley."
Replying to a query, the Army officer said the inputs about possible militant attack in north Kashmir had been received and the forces were maintaining a high alert to foil all such bids.
"Some 250 to 300 militants are present at launch pads across the LoC,” he said.