LoC: 350 terrorists ready to infiltrate, army alerted

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New Delhi, July 10: Three hundred and fifty terrorists were waiting to infiltrate in India, television reports said on Wednesday. The Indian Army has been put on a high alert.

On Tuesday, army troops deployed on the LoC in the Keran sector of Kupwara in Jammu & Kashmir stopped a major infiltration attempt by suspected militants and killed five of them, defence sources said.

The soldiers reportedly spotted eight to nine suspected militants moving about 500 metres of the Indian side of the LoC. The were immediately targetted and soon five militants were gunned down. The rest fled towards the LoC, it was said. The operations were continuing even when the last reports came in.

The troops had been alerted after intelligence agencies warned about terrorists planning to infiltrate in the Keran sector.

Home ministry sources said that 264 terrorists attempted infiltration from across the LoC in 2012 as compared to 247 the year before. It also said that there was a rise in the number of successful infiltration attempts. While 52 terrorists entered Jammu and Kashmir in 2011, the number went up to 121 in 2012.

Targetting infiltrators

An army soldier takes position during an anti-infiltration operation in Keran sector of North Kashmir's Kupwara district on Wednesday.

Army personnel patrol

Two army personnel patrol in Keran sector during an anti-infiltration operation in north Kashmir's Kupwara district on Wednesday.

Army bomb squad personnel

Army bomb squad personnel recover an improvised explosive device at Handwara in Kupwara district in North Kashmir.

Soldiers duing anti-infiltration operation

Soldiers patrol in Rajwar forest area of Handwara in Kupwara district in north Kashmir.

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