Army foils year's first infiltration attempt

Army foils year's first infiltration attempt

The Army on Monday foiled the first infiltration attempt by militants in 2014 along the Line of Control (LoC) in Krishnagati sector of Poonch district, Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).

A defence spokesperson said, based on the inputs of likely attempt of infiltration by militants waiting at the launch pads along the LoC in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, the troops deployed were put on high alert in Krishnagati forward area.

“At around 6:15 am, suspicious movement of a group of militants was detected. Alert troops guarding the border challenged them and there was brief exchange of fire,” he said.

The spokesperson said search operations are still in progress and strict vigil is being maintained.

This was the first infiltration attempt this year by the militants in J&K. Last year, there was a surge in infiltration attempts from across the border and according to sources, at least 200 militants sneaked into the state.

“Earlier, the militants had limited arms and ammunition but those who have entered in recent months have more sophisticated arms, ammunition and ration, and could sustain for days together. Newly infiltrated militants are better trained and can sustain an attack by the security forces even after being cordoned off and fight fiercely without losing much ammunition,” they added.

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