Akhnoor: Two Kashmiri militants carrying AK-56 rifles held near LoChttps://indianexpress.com/article/india/akhnoor-two-kashmiri-militants-carrying-ak-56-rifles-held-near-loc-5446809/

Akhnoor: Two Kashmiri militants carrying AK-56 rifles held near LoC

The spurt in militant activity in Jammu region has come ahead of the Panchachat elections which are being held in nine phases beginning from this month.

The foiled infiltration attempt came after a series of unprovoked incidents of ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops along the LoC, resulting in the death of four people including three Indian army soldiers since last Friday. (Source: Twitter/ANI)

A day after army troops killed a heavily armed Pakistani terrorist along the Line of Control in Akhnoor sector, security forces on Wednesday apprehended two Kashmiri militants in Jammu Kashmir’s border Poonch district.

The militants were travelling in a Tavera vehicle bearing a J&K registration plate from Mendharbside to Surankote when they were caught. At Jarranwali, troops of 25 Rashtriya Rifles searched the vehicle and found two people travelling with AK-56 rifles. The two has been identified as Shabir Ahmed and Mohammad Aqib, both residents of Pulwama.

Significantly, the detention came a day after army troops foiled an infiltration bid from across the LoC and killed a heavily armed terrorist in Akhnoor sector’s Palanwala area on Tuesday. A huge quantity of arms and ammunition were seized from him including five pistols, an AK rifle, 15 hand grenades and 12 fuzes for IEDs.

The foiled infiltration attempt came after a series of unprovoked incidents of ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops along the LoC, resulting in the death of four people including three Indian army soldiers since last Friday.

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Earlier this month, suspected Hizbul militants killed a senior BJP leader and his brother in Kishtwar, a town which had been free of terror attacks since 2013.

The spurt in militant activity in Jammu region has come ahead of the Panchachat elections which are being held in nine phases beginning from this month. Sources attributed it to the desperation among militants to derail the upcoming Panchayat elections after the successful completion of urban local body polls recently.