Two more infiltrators arrested in J and K

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Srinagar, Mar 17 (UNI) Troops guarding the border arrested two more infiltrators immediately after they sneaked into this side from Pakistan occupied-Kashmir (PoK) in Keran sector in Jammu and Kashmir.

An official spokesman said troops of 12 Bihar Regiment guarding the Line of Control (LoC) noticed a group of two militants sneaking into this side from PoK last night under the cover of darkness.

When challenged, both infiltrators surrendered before the troops, he said.

He said they were identified as 23-year-old Mehmood Sheikh and Zaheer Ahmad Abasi.

They had crossed into PoK to receive arms training few years ago.

This was the second infiltration attempt in the Kashmir valley after snow started melting on the border this year. Two militants surrendered in the same sector last week.

A senior army officer recently said more than 1500 militants are waiting at launching pads near the LoC to cross over to this side this summer.

More than 100 militants and their family members surrendered before the security forces immediately after their return from PoK last year.

About 60 infiltrators, who refused to surrender, were killed by the troops during the same period.

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