Some Pakistani militants on Thursday attacked an army camp in Handwara in north Kashmir's Kupwara district, prompting security forces to retaliate, army said.
In a press conference, Colonel Rajiv Saharan, the commanding officer of 30 RR, Handwara, said that the sentries, which were on high alert, had spotted three terrorists close to the fence of the camp. These terrorists, he continued, opened indiscriminate fire and so they retailiated. "Our quick reaction team was activated so that they don't escape," he said.
Three Pakistani terrorists were eliminated,and they were carrying huge cache of arms including 3 AK-47 rifles: Col Rajiv Saharan pic.twitter.com/ezIsiQs477
— ANI (@ANI_news) October 6, 2016
The terrorists had started indiscriminate firing,our sentries were on high alert & retaliated instantly& gunned them down: Col Rajiv Saharan pic.twitter.com/H6oYmQX7vm
— ANI (@ANI_news) October 6, 2016
Maps, metric sheets, radio sets, arms and ammunition with Pakistani markings were recovered from the terrorists, along with food and other communication devices.
The maps and metric sheets they used are also being analysed, the medicines recovered have 'made in Pakistan' markings: Col Rajiv Saharan — ANI (@ANI_news) October 6, 2016
"At around 5 am, militants opened firing on an army camp at Langate in Kupwara district, which was retaliated by the alert jawans," an army official said.
He said there was a stand-off firing for about 15-20 minutes.
According to The Indian Express, two militants have been killed in the attack.
"The troops were alert and the attack was foiled," the official said, adding that a search operation was going on.
Meanwhile, the militants again opened fire at the forces who were conducting the search operation, the army official said.
"There was firing once again on the camp at 6:30 am as the forces were conducting the search operation," the official said.
He said the operation was on and additional forces have been rushed to the area.
On Monday, at least two terrorists and a BSF personnel were killed while one BSF jawan was injured when militants attacked two adjoining camps of the Army and the paramilitary force at Baramulla in Jammu and Kashmir.
The heavily-armed terrorists had attacked the two camps belonging to Rashtriya Rifles and Border Security Force late Sunday night, leading to a fierce gunbattle with the security forces.
Following the firefight, two terrorists were killed by the forces while one BSF personnel, who was hit by bullets, succumbed to his injuries later, a Home Ministry spokesperson had said in New Delhi.
The martyred jawan was identified as Constable Nitin while the injured personnel was Constable Pulwinder. Both belong to the 40th battalion of the BSF, officials had said.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval had discussed the incident and necessary instructions had been given to the forces.
Firing was also reported at a BSF post along the international border with Pakistan in Gurdaspur district of north Punjab early on Monday.
The Border Security Force troopers, according to sources, repulsed an intrusion bid by 8-10 people in the counter offensive at Chakri border outpost (BoP).
These attacks come weeks after terrorists struck at army brigade headquarters at Uri, 102 km from Srinagar, killing 19 soldiers.
Terrorists, suspected to be from Pakistan, had also attacked the frontier Indian Air Force (IAF) base in Pathankot town of Punjab on 2 January this year, leaving seven security personnel dead.
The Pathankot attack was preceded by a terror attack by Pakistani terrorists in Dinanagar town of Gurdaspur district on 27 July last year.
With inputs from agencies