Major infiltration bid foiled, 12 Lashkar men killed (Lead)

August 20th, 2011 - 9:53 pm ICT by IANS  

Srinagar, Aug 20 (IANS) Foiling a major infiltration bid from across the Line of Control (LOC) in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district Saturday, the army killed 12 guerrillas of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), an official said. An army officer was also killed in the fierce gunfight.

“Twelve infiltrating terrorists of LeT oufit have been killed while one lieutenant was martyred in the gunfight with the intruding terrorists. Two of our jawans sustained injuries in foiling this major infiltration bid from across the LOC,” 28th Mountain Division commander, Maj Gen S.K. Chaturvedi, told reporters in Gurez.

The guerrillas were crossing the Kishenganga River, which forms the LoC in this sector between Indian and Pakistani Kashmir, Friday night when they were detected and asked to surrender.

“But they started firing at the troops resulting in a gunfight that ended today (Saturday) afternoon. Six bodies of the slain terrorists have been retrieved from the river while the bodies of the other six slain terrorists were washed away into the Pakistan side of the border,” Chaturvedi said.

The killed officer was identified at Lt. Navdeep Singh.

The army displayed arms and ammunition recovered from the slain guerrillas.

This was the eighth and the biggest infiltration bid by the guerrillas this month, the army said.

Infiltration attempts by the guerrillas have lately increased and the security forces attribute it to the intention of various guerrilla groups to push in as many of their trained cadres into the Valley before the mountain passes along the LOC get closed due to snowfall during winter.

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