Poonch attack: Four terrorists killed were members of LeT, says Army

As there there had been a number of targets, "anything could have been spectacular, whether army's brigade headquarters, police lines or the civilian target", said Lt General R R Nimborkar.

Written by Arun Sharma | Poonch | Updated: September 14, 2016 11:48 pm
poonch-attack-759 A security person takes position near a building where terrorists were hiding during an encounter near the under construction mini-secretariat at Allah Pir area in Poonch. (Source: PTI)

All the four terrorists killed during three day long operation by security forces and the police who were members of suicide squad of Lashkar-e-Taiba and they had come from across the Line of Control.

“Definitely they are the people who are not from our country. So they have to be from across (the border),” said General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the 16 Corps , Lt General R R Nimborkar said on Wednesday. “LeT normally has its breeding ground across the country” he added.

Pointing out that a GPRS has been confiscated from the slain terrorists, he said that it’s analysis is in progress to find out exactly where are the routes and the points from where they have come. “Once it is done, we can know how they have come,” Nimborkar said.

He said that the slain terrorists had come to do something spectacular so as to gain attention. As there there had been a number of targets, “anything could have been spectacular, whether army’s brigade headquarters, police lines or the civilian target”, he added.

When asked whether these terrorists may have sneaked into this side under the cover of recent ceasefire violations by Pakistan in Shahpur area of Poonch, he said that it has always been the modus operandi of tlour adversary. ” Unprovoked firing on our side may be one of the causes of pushing terrorists,” he said, putting the total number of terrorists present acrocc LOC opposite Jammu region between 159-170.

Meanwhile, army troops on Wednesday started sensitising the Mini Secretariat building by exploding abandoned shells and IEDs.