The Army on Monday claimed foiling a major infiltration attempt by Jaish-e-Mohammad militants along the Line of Control in Uri sector in north Kashmir, killing five members of the outfit.
“The Army foiled the infiltration bid by the Pakistan-based outfit in an overnight operation that ended this morning,” Brigadier Y S Ahlawat told reporters in Uri, 100 kilometres from Srinagar.
Brigadier Ahlawat said the infiltration attempt was made along the river Jhelum, which flows into Pakistan-administered-Kashmir from this side.
“A major infiltration bid – the first of 2018 – by a fierce fidayeen group has been foiled along the LoC in Uri sector. A major tragedy has been averted on Army Day and in the run up to the Republic Day celebrations,” he said.
The Army officer said troops picked up the movement “as the terrorists were moving along the banks of Jhelum and subsequently tracked their movement.”
“In the ensuing firefight, the Army neutralised five terrorists in the operation,” Brigadier Ahlawat said, adding that four bodies have been recovered and the fifth was lying near the boat the militants had used to cross the river.
A cache of arms – including four AK-47 rifles, three Under-barrel Grenade Launchers, 38 UBGL grenades, 23 hand-grenades, nine IEDs and “other war-like items”, were claimed recovered from the dead militants.
In September 2016, heavily-armed militants of the JeM had carried out one of the deadliest attacks on the Indian Army and stormed their base in Uri, killing 18 soldiers.
Ten days later on September 28 that year, the Indian Army claimed conducting “surgical strikes” on militant launch pads across the LoC, inflicting “significant casualties” on militants preparing to infiltrate from Pakistan-administered-Kashmir (PaK).
“The Indian army continues with its resolve to keep a strict vigil along the LoC and foil such nefarious designs of Pakistan in future too,” Brigadier Ahlawat said.
J&K’s Director General of Police S P Vaid earlier today said the militants belonged to the JeM group.
“Three suicidal JeM terrorists killed in Dulanja Uri while infiltrating in a joint operation by @JmuKmrPolice/Army/ CAPF. Search for the fourth terrorist is still on,” Vaid had said in a tweet when the operation against the militants was still in progress.
The toll was later updated by a defence spokesperson.