Ten infiltrating militants were killed and an army soldier critically injured in two gunfights in north Kashmir’s Baramulla and Kupwara districts on Tuesday; two days after a massive terror strike killed 18 soldiers in the garrison town of Uri.
Defence sources said 10 infiltrating militants were killed in an ongoing operation on the Line of Control (LoC) in Lachipora area in Uri sector where a group of 15 heavily armed militants tried to enter the Indian side, during a ceasefire violation by the Pakistan Army.
“It was a major infiltration bid,” an army source told IANS here.
The source said that soldiers became apprehensive about a possible infiltration bid after Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked firing at forward Indian posts on Tuesday afternoon.
“It became clear that a cover was being provided to infiltrators from Pakistan. Indian soldiers returned the fire and kept vigil around to monitor any cross-border movement. A group of armed infiltrators was immediately spotted,” the source said.
“There were at least 15 who tried to cross over. Five of them were killed.”
The operation was on with at least seven militants still engaged in a heavy exchange of fire with Indian soldiers.
Earlier, the army foiled two such attempts on September 11 and 16 in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch and Uri sectors respectively. Four terrorists were killed in each of the operations.
According to the Indian Army, infiltration attempts from across the border with Pakistan have increased this year in comparison with the past three to four years.
In 2016, there have been 18 infiltration bids foiled by the Indian Army.
Some 110 militants were killed and 31 of them were gunned down near the LOC.
The army said it was a “desperate attempt” by Pakistan to create “disturbance and foment unrest” in India.