Six terrorists were killed by the Indian Army today as it foiled an infiltration attempt along the Line of Control or LoC in Rampur sector in Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla district. The operation was carried out after the alert soldiers noticed suspicious movement along the LoC in the early hours of the morning.
The area has been cordoned off and is being sanitised by the army to ensure that there are no other terrorists in hiding. "Six terrorists were eliminated after an exchange of fire between them and the army. A search operation is being carried out," the official confirmed.
According to an Army statement, forces laid an ambush for the militants at around 7.30 pm on Friday after receiving specific input about their movements inside Indian territory.
The ambush was laid around 10 kilometers south of Rampur and on making contact, the militants engaged Indian soldiers in a fierce fire fight.
The bodies are yet to be reached, the Army said. Search operations are in progress to recover the bodies.
This was the second infiltration attempt in 24 hours.
On Friday, an Army patrol was attacked by a Pakistan Border Action Team (BAT) in Uri, which is adjacent to the Rampur sector where the four militants were killed today.
The Army shot dead two BAT personnel in response on Friday. BAT is the same unit that has previously been involved in the mutilation of Indian Army jawans.
Infiltration attempts have increased in the past few weeks, no thanks to the onset of summer, which has led to snow-blocked mountain passes opening up making them easier to traverse, the Army said recently.
"With the mercury rising and snow-melting in the valley, the chances of infiltration increase from the Pakistani side. The Army is all geared up to counter such threats," said Major General Ashok Narula earlier in the week.
On May 1, Pakistani BAT teams had beheaded two Indian soldiers in the Krishna Ghati sector near the Line of Control. BAT teams are said to be composed of highly-trained Pakistani Special Services Group (SSG) commandos in addition to jehadi fighters.
On Tuesday, the army had said it launched "punitive fire assaults” on Pakistani positions across the LoC, inflicting "some damage”.