Poonch encounter: Pakistan forces attack Army patrolling party, two jawans killed; intruders gunned down

Poonch encounter: Two Army jawans were killed in an attack on patrolling party by Pakistan's Border Action Team along with the LoC in Poonch district of Jammu & Kashmir, according to an Army official.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 22, 2017 10:22 pm
Pakistan, Pakistan bat, Pakistan border action team, border action team, bat, LoC, Poonch, Indian soldiers, indian army, india news, indian express Poonch: **Combo** File Photo of Army jawans Naik Jadhav Sandip Sarjerao (L) and Sepoy Mane Savan Balku were martyred when Pakistani army’s Border Action Team (BAT) initiated indiscriminate and unprovoked firing Army posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch on Thursday. PTI Photo (PTI6_22_2017_000236B)

Two Army jawans were killed in an attack on patrolling party by Pakistan’s Border Action Team along with the LoC in Poonch district of Jammu & Kashmir, according to an Army official. The official said that two intruders were killed in retaliatory firing.

The Border Action Team (BAT), which generally comprises special forces of the Pakistan Army and some terrorists, carried out the attack at around 2 pm with the aid of cover fire by the Pakistani troops from their posts, he said. This was the third BAT action in Poonch this year.

The official said the Indian Army’s ‘Area Domination Patrol’ was “targeted by the armed intruders and exchange of fire occurred.” “Pakistan’s BAT team was 600 metres within the Indian side of the LoC and 200 metres from the Indian posts,” the official said.

The Indian troops retaliated and in the firefight, two Indian jawans were killed, the official said. The Indian troops killed one armed intruder, whose body “is within visual reach”, he said.

While the firefight was going on, the Pakistani posts resorted to heavy firing, the official said. “The operations are in progress and heavy exchange of fire is going on,” he added.

This happened hours after five terrorists were killed in separate encounters with the security forces in Kupwara and Pulwama. Three local Lashkar-e-Taiba militants were gunned down by security forces in the early hours of Thursday in Kakapora area in Pulwama district in South Kashmir. The encounter between the militants and forces began at around 6 pm on Wednesday evening.

In another incident, the army foiled an infiltration bid in Kupwara by gunning down two terrorists. A group of militants tried to sneak in from Pakistan-A group of militants tried to sneak in from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir but the bid was foiled by the alert troops, an Army official said.

(With inputs from PTI)

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