Army begins search for unidentified Pak intruders in J&K


The Army on Friday started searching for intruders, who crossed the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday night and fired at an Army post killing an Indian soldier, sources said.

As per Army sources, the five to six intruders — suspected to be Pakistan-backed terrorists — were “allowed” to cross the LoC into the Indian side of the border in the Krishna Ghati sector in Poonch district so that they could be “trapped”.

Officials said Sepoy Rahul Bhairu Sulagekar (21), who sustained gunshot wounds in the attack by them, was shifted to the nearest Medical Aid Centre, where he succumbed to his injuries on Friday morning.

“The intruders, who were around half-a-dozen in number, were allowed to cross the LoC after they were seen from a distance. Our troops engaged with them when they reached around 100 feet near one of our posts. It is not yet clear if there were any casualties on the side of the intruders. A search for the bodies, if any, has been launched in the area,” a senior Army officer told IANS.

The officer further said the intruders could also have been Pakistan”s Border Action Team (BAT) commandos. “Their identities and motives are being ascertained,” he added. Read More

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