Slain 5 militants killed in Uri were Fidayeen, Army says

SRINAGAR: A senior army officer has told media that the five infiltrators who were killed recently in the Uri sector were Fidayeen. This belief comes from the recovery of huge arms and ammunition during subsequent searches and that they had explosives fitted to their bodies, reports appearing in media said.

The arms recovered after the clash include five AK 47, two under barrel grenade launchers, large quantity of explosives, combat dresses, incendiary material, eatables with Pakistan markings and uniquely body fitted IEDs with timer mechanisms.

“This indicated this was a Fidayeen group with plans to carry out gruesome attacks on an army camp or a civil installation in and around Uri,” Brigadier YS Ahlawat, was quoted saying. “This is the fifth infiltration attempt that was successfully eliminated by the army in last three days.”

The Brigadier has said that the group of five had taken a thick jungle route to it. He said after the initial contact was established, it took soldiers two days to scan the area and recover arms and ammunition.

Top army officers have said the soldiers have foiled at least four major infiltration bids in various north Kashmir sectors. These included Machhil, Naugam, Gurez and Uri, in which 13 militants were killed in four days.

The armies of India and Pakistan on Sunday traded heavy fire along the international border in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday.

The rival sides continue to engage in shelling on each others positions. There were reports of shelling in Samba area on the International Border and certain forward LoC positions in Rajouri on Sunday.

BSF men engaged in “ground clearance” in Ramgarh sector were fired upon by Rangers and the fore was returned. The exchange stopped after two hours of intermittent firing.

In Nowshehra sector of Rajouri, reports said the two sides fired at each other’s positions for almost an hour. Defence spokesman in Jammu said Pakistani initiated the firing which was retaliated.

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