Army has killed 28 militants on the LoC and in the hinterland in Kashmir in nearly two months, a top commander said today, adding militant groups from across the border are now trying to infiltrate experienced and older ultras into the Valley.
A huge cache of arms and ammunition including assault rifles, pistols, bullets, clothing materials and medicines-- all carrying Pakistan markings--were recovered from the slain militants and kept on display by the Army.
"Since the Hyderpora attack of June 24, there have been a series of successful operations both on LoC and in the hinterland area. We have killed 28 terrorists in this period, out of which 18 were eliminated on the LoC and 10 in the hinterland," GOC of Srinagar-based 15 Corps Lt Gen Gurmeet Singh told reporters here.
Suspected Hizbul Mujahideen militants had ambushed an Army convoy near Hyderpora on the outskirts of Srinagar killing eight Army jawans and injuring 19 others on June 24 on the eve of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit.
Gen Singh said militant groups are trying to infiltrate "experienced" ultras to the Indian side of the border as most of the militant leaders in the Valley have been "eliminated".
He said eight of the slain terrorists were those who were injured and crossed back but died immediately on the other side of the LoC. "We have inputs related to their deaths in those areas," he said.
Singh's statement came against the backdrop of incessant firing between Pakistani and Indian troops in Poonch district in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Valley-based top army commander said there have not been "significant" ceasefire violations from across the border in the Valley, but attempts to infiltrate "are going to be there" in the coming times.
"In the Kashmir Valley, there has been no significant ceasefire violation, but attempts to infiltrate are there.
"Also, I like to highlight their infrastructure and apparatus close to the launchpad and their activities indicate that they are going to attempt infiltration in the coming time," he said.
Stating that there have been continuous efforts for infiltration, Singh said, "the activities and launchpad (across the border) are slightly hiked up."
Singh said there will be an "appropriate" response to ceasefire violations and infiltration attempts.
"... A terrorist we killed very recently was aged 55 years – an experienced and an important leader of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT). This slain terrorist was tall, healthy and imposing and indicates that with this level of experience, they (LeT) were trying to induct a senior leader in this area," he said
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