We are being heavily engaged by continuous firing on LoC: Army

KL Report

SRINAGAR

The army Wednesday said that Indian troops were being “heavily engaged” by continuous firing from Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, after a massive infiltration bid by 30-40 militants last week.

Today is the ninth day of the encounter which began after an infiltration bid at the Keran-Mendhar sector of Kashmir on September 24.

The army said the militants who tried to enter this side had the backing of special troops, but he stopped short of calling them Pakistani soldiers.

“There were some special troops (involved in the infiltration bid), the training shows it. It is different from earlier attempts,” said Lt-General Gurmeet Singh of the Army’s 15 Corps.

“The operation is completely under our control, have faith in us,” said the officer, “The area is difficult. Our people are being engaged from across the LOC. We are proceeding with caution.”

The officer said 12 infiltrators had been killed.

Asked why no bodies had been found, the general said: “Retrieving bodies of dead militants is of no consequence to us. There are many rumours in cyberspace. Wait for operations to be over. We will share details with you.”

The army denied that Pakistani troops have occupied a village near the LoC and was using abandoned homes to fire at Indian troopers.

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