Security forces foiled the first infiltration bid of 2023 by killing a militant close to the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district, officials said on Thursday.
The bid was eliminated during the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday at Saidpora in Tangdhar sector of Kupwara.
The Srinagar based defence spokesman said the elimination of the latest infiltration attempt in forward areas of Tangdhar sector prevented efforts of Pakistan to destabilise peace and tranquility in Kashmir valley.
“Continued infiltration bids along the Line of Control are an uncanny reminder of Pakistan’s efforts to orchestrate terrorism in Kashmir valley and disrupt peace and harmony, while putting on the facade of ceasefire understanding,” the spokesman said.
Giving details about the operation, the spokesman said alert troops deployed in an anti-infiltration grid last night detected the movement of three militants across own side of the Line of Control, while they were approaching the fence.
“On being challenged at close proximity to the post, an intense firefight ensued between the terrorists and the alert troops, resulting in successful elimination of one terrorist, while grievously injuring the other,” the spokesman said.
“The injured terrorist managed to flee to PoJK (Pakistan Occupied Jammu and Kashmir), along with the third terrorist, taking advantage of darkness.”
The spokesman said a thorough joint search Operation was launched along with with Police in the morning, resulting in recovery of one dead terrorist, one AK series rifle, one light automatic weapon, six magazines, two grenades and large quantity of war like stores.
The identity and the affiliation of the slain could not be established immediately.