SRINAGAR: Army authorities suspect infiltration of five to six armed terrorists in the Valley most likely from Uri sector during the intervening night of Sunday and Monday .
The fresh infiltration bid prompted the authorities to suspend mobile and internet services in Uri area of Baramulla district of north Kashmir to disrupt any communication between the terrorists and their bosses across the LoC. An extensive search operation was launched over the last 20 hours, a top army officer said on Monday.
General officer Commanding (GoC) of Srinagar based 15 Corps Lieutenant General D P Pandey on Monday told reporters, “While one group was neutralized in Bandipora district, we are looking for a second group which infiltrated recently. I can assure you that we are quite alert on ground and will ensure that minimal infiltration takes place whenever the attempt is made.”
The Army is yet to issue any formal statement on the development in Uri.
This is the second infiltration attempt from this area this year. “We have gunned down the earlier group of infiltrators. The army is vigorously chasing the present group of about half a dozen armed infiltrators and are optimistic that they will be neutralized soon,” sources said.
Officials said despite a close watch along the LoC there were 664 incidents of ceasefire violations and cross-border firing in J&K by Pakistan till June this year.
This year, 86 terrorists were killed across J&K. In June and July alone, 36 militants were killed in 16 encounters.Internet Explorer Channel Network