Two terrorists entering Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district were shot dead by the army barely 100 metres from the Line of Control past midnight, a senior army officer said on Saturday.
Theterrorists are suspected to be part of Pakistan’s effortto scale up violence in Jammu and Kashmir to mark the first anniversary of the abrogation of Article 370. One of the two terrorists has been identified as 23-year-old Idrees Ahmad Bhat, a local from Kupwara’s Handwara area. “We believe the two are part of terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba ,” a senior police officer said.
Besides AK 47 assault rifles and hundreds of bullets, the terrorists killed on Saturday also had a pistol made in China and four grenades based on Austrian technology that had been made by Pakistan’s ordnance factory. The grenades are concrete evidence that links the terrorists to the Pakistan army and government, said a top J&K police officer.
Similar grenades were also used by Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists who stormed Parliament in 2001. The 480-gram anti-personnel grenade is filled with 95 gram of highly explosive organic compound PETN and 5,000 steel balls, designed to kill or maim everyone in a 20-metre radius.
One of the Pak-made Arges grenade that has been found on the terrorists killed near LoC
In the Saturday morning encounter with the army’s Sikh Light Infantry soldiers deployed on the anti-infiltration grid, the two terrorists were shot before they could come down to using them.
A senior police officer said the soldiers had spotted the two terrorists moving from an area close to a Pakistani Post across Nowgam sector in Kupwara district. They had cut the fence to cross the LoC and were stopped by the soldiers about 50-100 metres later. Major General Virendra Vats, GOC 19 division, said the soldiers took appropriate response to eliminate the terrorists trying to infiltrate by cutting the anti-infiltration fence.
A Chinese pistol along with two magazines and 36 rounds of ammunition was also seized
Top counter-terror officers said the infiltration attempt came at a time the security grid was on high alert over intelligence inputs that terror groups sponsored by Pakistan’s ISI (Inter Services Intelligence) could use load-carrying Chinese commercial drones – li