The Indian Army on Saturday foiled a major infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) in Naugam sector of Jammu and Kashmir and gunned down two terrorists. Following their encounter, the Army revealed that an infiltration bid to a much greater extent by Pakistan with nearly 300 terrorists waiting at the launchpads across the border to infiltrate into India.

Addressing a press conference after the encounter, Major General Virendra Vats that terrorist launched pads across the border in Pakistan were "fully occupied" with hundreds of terrorists planning to infiltrate into the Indian side.

"Inputs indicate that their launchpads are fully occupied. If we've to guess, it could be anything between 250-300 terrorists presently occupying the launchpads opposite," Major General Virendra Vats, GOC 19 Infantry Division, Baramullah  said.

Army's ambush to kill terrorists

Earlier in the day, security forces gunned down 2 terrorists who were trying to cross the border by cutting anti-infiltration fence in Naugam sector. The Army had detected suspicious movement from Pakistani post in the area and laid an ambush for the infiltrators.

"Today, our troops along LoC in Naugam sector detected suspicious movement originating from Pakistani Post in the area. The apt response was taken to eliminate 2 terrorists who were trying to infiltrate by cutting anti-infiltration fence," Major General Virendra Vats said.

The security forces also recovered a large cache of arms and ammunition, including two AK assault rifles with 12 filled magazines, a pistol, magazines and hand grenades, from the possession of the eliminated terrorists. "We' have also recovered about 1.5 lakh in Indian and Pakistani currency," he added.

One of two terrorists neutralised in the encounter has been identified as Idris Bhat of Lashkar-e-Taiba. Bhat went to Pakistan in 2018 to receive arms training. Meanwhile, the identity of the second terrorist is being ascertained.

Posted By: Shashikant Sharma