An infiltration attempt by a group of militants along the Line of Control in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir was foiled by the army early on Thursday, a senior Army officer said.
“Suspicious movements by a group of four to five militants were noticed along LoC in Mendhar sector of Poonch during the night,” the officer said.
Alert troops engaged the suspected militants and fired on them, he said adding that the troops foiled their attempt to cross over the LoC. A search operation is under way in the area. Further details were awaited, he said.
The incident happened as the security forces battle increased attempts by terrorist groups to target them in Jammu and Kashmir.
Last week, Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists targeted an Army camp in Sunjuwan in Jammu in which six soldiers and a civilian were killed.
On Monday, two Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists attacked a Central Reserve Police Force camp in Karan Nagar area in Srinagar. After a 32-hour gunbattle, security forces killed the attackers.
As India strongly condemned terror attacks in the state, the US recently took a wary note of the rising cross-border militancy in Jammu and Kashmir. US intelligence chief had gone on record saying instance of Pakistan-backed terrorism in the state may see a rise leading to further tension in ties of India Pakistan
(With inputs from PTI)