J&K: One terrorist killed as BSF foils infiltration bid in Kathua
There was semi-automatic fire reportedly exchanged between Border Observatory Post Bobiya, manned by 173 Battalion BSF, and Pakistan post Chak Timber manned by 24 battalion Pak Rangers
Security forces on Thursday believed to have killed a terrorist among a six-member team while trying to infiltrate into the Indian territory. BSF Kathua district fired back at them across the border with Pakistan, a defence official said on Thursday.
According to a report in HT, Pakistan forces resorted to heavy mortar shelling and firing at Tarkundi and Manjakote in Bhimber Gani and Balakote sectors along the Line of Control in the border districts of Rajouri and Poonch few hours after the infiltration bid.
According to Defence spokesman Lt Col Manish Mehta, in the wee hours, they targeted civilian areas as well, leading to panic among the people.
“The mortar fire stopped at 3.30 am, but attacks using small arms and automatic weapons are continuing,” he added. “We are responding in equal measure.”
Earlier, an attack in Bobbiyan area of Hiranagar sector began at 11.55 pm on Wednesday, with men from Pakistan side using automatic weapons fire. “They also shot two mortar bombs,” a senior BSF officer told the english newspaper. “We retaliated and forced the Pakistanis to stop the fire. It continued for five minutes.”
He added that subsequent checking revealed it was an infiltration bid by six terrorists and the Indian side suffered no injuries.
The 198-km border runs from Paharpur in Kathua to Chicken’s neck area in Akhnoor sub division of Jammu district.
The six ultras took advantage of the undulating ground and thick wild growth on Pakistani side, and reached close to the Bobbiyan border. They fired with automatic weapons and two RPG shells at BSF Naka (ambush), the spokesperson was quoted as saying by HT.
“Our forces located them and fired back, forcing them to retreat,” he added. “An illumination bomb the BSF fired that time gave sight to the ultras carrying an injured person. He might have died of injuries.”
Following the surgical strike, there has been many infiltration attempts and firing and shelling on Indian posts and villages.