Infiltration bid foiled as militant killed in Kupwara’s Keran sector: Army

Kupwara: Army on Sunday claimed to have foiled an infiltration bid of BAT action by killing a militant in Keran sector of Kupwara district.

According to a statement, issued to Kashmir News Service (KNS), a spokesperson said that swift action by troops deployed at the Line of Control foiled the bid and eliminated the militant.

It reads that the slain was identified as Mohammad Shabbir Malik, a Pakistani national, equipped with weapons, ammunition and warlike stores.

It reads that the incident site is located on the Pakistani side of the Anti Infiltration Obstacle System, kept under surveillance by the Indian Army to effectively counter any nefarious activity by the infiltrators or Pakistan Army.

“In complete breach of the Ceasefire Understanding arrived at between the DGMO’s, one armed intruder dressed in Pathani suit and black jacket was detected moving from areas under the control of Pakistan Army across the Line of Control at around 1500 hours on Saturday, Ambushes were laid along likely routes that could be adopted by the intruder and movement was followed till 1600 hours,” it reads.

The statement reads that the ambush was sprung at the opportune moment and the infiltrator eliminated.

“The body of the slain was recovered along with one AK 47 and large quantity of ammunition including seven grenades. The surveillance of the area is in progress, denying any exploitation of the bad weather condition prevailing in the area and the operation is ongoing,” it reads.

Army, according to the statement, said that the route adopted by the militant was similar to the one adopted on 04 April 2020 during operation Rangadori Bhaikh in which five militants were eliminated.

It reads that a search of the belongings revealed Pakistan National identity card and vaccination certificates (issued by Ministry of National Health Services Regulation & Coordination Government of Pakistan) identifying him as Mohammad Shabir Malik.

“The belongings also include a photo of the infiltrator in Army Uniform wearing name tab of Shabbir. This clearly establishes that Pakistan continues to sponsor cross border terror. A Hotline communication has been made to Pakistan Army asking them to take back the body of the killed individual,” it reads. (KNS)

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