Pakistani militant was killed, and another was captured, while three soldiers were reportedly injured as the army foiled an infiltration bid along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri sector on Monday night.
A defense spokesman in a statement issued here said, “An infiltration bid was made by Pakistani terrorists along the Line of Control in Uri Sector on the intervening night of 18/ 19 September 2021 and the same was eliminated over succeeding nights. Taking advantage of dark night, uneven ground, bad weather and thick undergrowth, Pakistan harboured terrorist group Lashkar-e-Toiba attempted to infiltrate six terrorists from the general area of Pakistani post Jabri. During the infiltration attempt, while two terrorists were crossing the LC, own patrolling party established contact with them. Taking advantage of the thick undergrowth, four terrorists ran back towards the POK side of LC while remaining two terrorists managed to enter into own area.”
As per the army spokesman, additional forces were inducted and multiple patrols were launched in the suspected areas and the getaway routes were blocked. On the night of 25 Sep 2021, contact was again established by one such patrol with the terrorists approximately 800 meters inside the LC.
“Eventually by afternoon of 26 Sep 2021, one Pakistani terrorist Atiq ur Rehman @ Qari Anas, belonging to Distt Attock in Punjab (Pakistan) aged 33 years was eliminated. The second Pakistani terrorist, named Ali Babar Patra, son of Late Mohd Lateef r/o Dipalpur, Distt Okara Punjab (Pakistan), appealed to surrender and was captured alive without causing any harm to him. Indian Army does not differentiate between local terrorist or Pakistani terrorist, if the terrorist is willing to surrender,” army said.
“The route taken by the terrorists to infiltrate was from Sawai Nala Terrorist Camp to Hallan Shumali Launch pad to Jabri, leading into Salamabad Nala. It is pertinent to mention here that, it was along Salamabad Nala through which terrorists infiltrated in 2016 with the help of Pakistan Army and carried out suicide attack on Uri Garrison. The surrendered terrorist has revealed that his group of six terrorists primarily belonged to Pakistani Punjab,” the spokesman added.
The spokesman further said that the surrendered Atiq ur Rehman @ Qari Anas r/o Vill – Pindi, Distt- Attock, Punjab (Pakistan) had given him Rs 20,000/- for his mother’s treatment and had promised to give him additional Rs 30,000/- on safe return from Pattan near Baramulla, where the group was to deliver the war like stores.
It is important to bring out that in last week, a total of seven militantss have been killed and one militant apprehended, including five along the LC.