- The operations took place between September 27 and October 3 in a part of the Sindh Valley that has remained peaceful for years, with the last known counter-terror operation conducted in August 2013, officials said
- In a separate development, a high-level intelligence input has said that several men from Srinagar’s Central Jail may be in touch with JeM’s foreign militants operating in south Kashmir
Army said it has killed two terrorists who had infiltrated via the Gurez sector into Kangan and Wangat Trunkhalon in the Sindh Valley, in what appears to be the first incident of cross-border infiltration in this quiet part of J&K in six years.
The operations took place between September 27 and October 3 in a part of the Sindh Valley that has remained peaceful for years, with the last known counter-terror operation conducted in August 2013, officials said.
“Pakistan has been trying to ramp up terror activities by pushing terrorists from across the Line Of Control. This has terrorized the locals who fear for their lives and property at the hands of Pakistani terrorists,” an Army official said.
Intelligence sources in Army said the appearance of the two terrorists, sporting crew-cut hair and carrying shoulder-held, rocket-propelled grenade launchers with them, was a worrying sign for the region which has been used by gypsy communities growing walnuts and other herbs.
Ganderbal and Kargil Police are also trying to ascertain reports of phone calls made to a man in a Gulf country after a local family claimed the body of one of the militants.
“Wireless VHF sets have been recovered from the terrorists which shows that they were in touch with their people in Pakistan. In what has baffled security agencies, a local family has claimed a body of a militant. We have sought DNA matching of samples as the bodies have been buried. We have also been told that the family was alerted by someone from Saudi Arabia. We are curious to know about the identity of this man in Saudi Arabia,” said a top J&K police intelligence official, who is assisting the Army in ascertaining the new LoC infiltration route.
In a separate development, a high-level intelligence input has said that several men from Srinagar’s Central Jail may be in touch with JeM’s foreign militants operating in south Kashmir, between Anantnag and Sopore.
“These men are planning to carry out attacks on the Air Force stations in Srinagar and Awantipora, and Bank Colony in Rawalpora,” it said.
Two days ago, an extra contingent of National Security Guards (NSG) commandos were rushed to three airports – Jammu, Srinagar, and Leh. The NSG team will also be fortified with a pair of sharpshooters and forbidding iron gates to be erected at these airports outside the entry points.
“The input reveals that JeM has made six teams comprising two-three militants each to carry out attacks on vital installations and security forces,” an official said.
Intelligence sources in Jammu and Kashmir police also said that even though dreaded militant Riyaz Naikoo was sighted in Begpora in Anantnag on September 6, he has been discreetly instigating people to continue with their “resistance” and “not open business establishments in Srinagar and beyond”.
“There are also inputs that one Dr. Saifullah has been made operational commander of Hizbul Mujahideen and may replace Riyaz Naikoo,” the official added.