Kupwara (Kashmir): Indian Army has killed an armed Pakistani infiltrator at the Line of Control (LoC) in Kupwara district of Kashmir, thus foiling a fresh nefarious act of Pakistan which was in complete breach of the ongoing bilateral Ceasefire Understanding.
An infiltration or BAT (Border Action Team) action was attempted in the Keran Sector of Kupwara district yesterday, the Indian Army said today.
Swift action by the troops deployed at the Line of Control foiled the bid and eliminated the terrorist.
Later identified as Mohd Shabbir Malik, a Pakistani national, he was equipped with weapons, ammunition and warlike stores, the Army spokesman said.
“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,” he said.
Giving details, he said 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 yesterday.
Ambushes were laid along likely routes that could be adopted by the intruder and movement was followed till 1600 hours, he said.
The ambush was sprung at the opportune moment and the infiltrator eliminated, the spokesman said.
The body of the slain infiltrator 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,” he said.
The route adopted by the terrorist was similar to the one adopted on Apr 2, 2020 during Op Rangadori Bhaikh in which five terrorists were eliminated, he said.
A search of the belongings revealed Pakistani National identity card and vaccination certificates (issued by Ministry of National Health Services Regulation & Coordination Government of Pakistan) identifying him as Mohd Shabir Malik, the spokesman said.
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,” the spokesman said, while noting that the act was complete breach of Ceasefire understanding between two Armies reinforced in February last year.
A Hotline communication has been made to Pakistan Army asking them to take back the body of the killed individual, he said.