Security forces have averted three suicide attacks and killed five militants — all foreigners — since the assault on the Uri Brigade headquarters that left 20 soldiers dead in September.
The attack had prompted authorities to step up security around major installations following a review of arrangements. Fresh bunkers were set up and barbed wires were placed around many camps. Night patrolling was also stepped up. The arrangements paid off when two or three militants were prevented from sneaking into a Rashtriya Rifles battalion headquarters near Baramulla after the surgical strike in PoK on October 2.
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Militants failed to storm another battalion headquarters of Rashtriya Rifles at Langate four days later. Three militants were killed and the fourth escaped.
On October 12, officials said that two fidayeen planning a strike were killed after a three-day encounter in Pampore. Three days later, a jawan of Sashastra Seema Bal was killed and eight others were injured when militants attacked a convoy at Zakura near Srinagar. Officials said the attackers were trying to sneak into a security force camp.
Placement of mine-protecting vehicles and bullet-proof vehicles round the clock at sensitive locations are among the measures taken to prevent attacks. In Srinagar, the Army has increased surveillance around the highly fortified 15 Corps headquarters with many fresh bunkers.
The number of militants has gone up in the last five months, officials estimate. The number of militants was estimated to be 145 before the unrest, including 54 foreigners. Police chief K Rajendra recently said that 250 to 300 militants are active now.
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