Srinagar: Two intruders were killed in a gunfight at Kralkot area along Line of Control (LoC) in Nowgam sector of Handwara in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Monday morning.
Official sources told GNS that a group of intruders today morning in a bid to carry out an attack on army posts at Kralkote area of Nowgam were engaged by the troops in a gunfight. “Two intruders were killed in the operation and their bodies along with as many rifles and other warlike stores were recovered”.
Army’s Srinagar based defence ministry spokesman in a statement said: “Army foiled a major BAT attempt to strike a forward post along the line of control in Naugam Sector in the early hours today”.
The intruders attempted to move by exploiting the thick jungles close to LoC and were assisted by heavy covering fire of high calibre weapons such as Mortars and Rocket Launchers from the Pakistani posts, the spokesman said.
“The movement was nonetheless detected by the vigilant Indian Army troops deployed along the LoC. The fire-fight initiated by Pakistan was given strong retaliation by Indian Army and the exchange of fire continued the whole night,” said the spokesman.
During prolonged searches in the thick jungles and difficult terrain, he said, two bodies of “likely Pakistani soldiers” were recovered along with a large cache of warlike stores.
“The search operations are still underway in the Sector to sanitise the area. It was also reported that a few other intruders managed to escape across the LoC, taking advantage of the Pakistani firing and adverse weather and visibility conditions,” said the spokesman.
He said the attackers were wearing combat dresses like Pakistani Regulars and were carrying stores with Pakistani markings.
“Some intruders were also seen in BSF and old pattern IA dresses as part of deception. They had intruded well equipped with IEDs, incendiary materials, explosives, and a plethora of arms and ammunition,” said the spokesman.
“From the recovery, it was estimated that they intended to carry out a gruesome attack on the Indian Army forward post in Naugam sector,” he said. “We will ask Pakistan to take back the mortal remains of deceased likely Pakistani soldiers since Pakistan did provide full covering fire support to these intruders.”