Defence

Army Foils Attempt By Pak Troops To Launch Attack On New Year’s Eve

Pakistani forces made an chances to strike a forward Indian post along the Line of Control at Naugam sector on Sunday, which has been foiled, the army said in a statement today. A group of Pakistani Border Action Team or BAT had tried to cross the Line of Control and two men have been killed, the army said. Pakistan has been demanded to take back the bodies.

Assisted by the cover fire of mortars and rockets, the team had tried to sneak in through the dense jungles but was spotted in time by the Indian troops.

The critical gunfight continued through the night. In the morning, the Army launched a search operation and confirmed that two men, suspected to be Pakistani soldiers, have been killed.

The rest are believed to have escaped across the Line of Control under the cover of Pakistani firing and low visibility induced by the bad weather.

The Army also found a massive supply of weapons, which indicated that the men had come prepared for a prolonged encounter. It was approxed that they intended to carry out a large-scale attack on the Army’s forward post at Naugam sector.

The intruders were wearing combat uniforms like the regular Pakistani forces and were carrying supplies with Pakistani markings. Few of them also wore old pattern Indian Army uniforms as part of their deception strategy, the army said.

The intruders were well-lashed with improvised explosive devices and inflammable material.

“The Army’s resolve to keep a strict vigil along the LoC and defeat all such nefarious designs of Pakistan will continue to remain firm and consistent,” the Army said in a statement.

“We will demand Pakistan to take back the bodies of the likely Pakistani soldiers since Pakistan did provide full covering fire support to these intruders,” it said.

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