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Arms haul recovered near LoC in J and K

Written by: Staff

Gurez, Line of Control, June 6 (UNI) Troops achieved a major success when they busted a hideout and recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition, including assault rifles, RDX, grenades and UBGL which were smuggled in from Pakistan occupied Kashmir (POK).

This was the first major recovery near the Line of Control (LoC) after snow levels on the ridges and passes started metting.

A defence ministry spokesman told reporters that troops busted a hideout and recovered war like stores in the region.

He said following intelligence inputs that militants will use the area to store the arms and ammunition smuggled from PoK, troops have intensified patrolling and domination of the infiltration routes along the LoC.

The spokesman said due to aggressive patrolling and relentless searches in the woods, the militant were unable to transport the arms and ammunition to town and stored them in a hideout.

It was after a long search that, the hideout in a mountain cave was unearthed, he added.

He said the cache recovered from the hideout included 14 AK 47 and 56 rifles, 6000 rounds of ammunition, one wireless set, eight UBGL, 30 magazines, eight kg of RDX, 17 Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) and large quantity of remote switches, timing devices and other items stored in seven rucksacks.

He said the recovery was made close on the heels of the recent militant attacks in the Valley.

The area of Gurez valley is generally used by militants to transport arms, ammunitions and stores for sustenance of militancy in the Valley.

He said after the successful round-table Conference (RTC), militants are desperately trying to undermine the ongoing peace process.

However, he said the battalion deployed in the area was working on the inputs and was carrying out aggressive patrolling and searches in the jungle and areas astride the LoC where the snow was melting fast.

The spokesman said due to the intense patrolling, domination of infiltration routes along the Line of Control (LoC) and efficacy of the LoC fence, the militants were not able to transship this large consignment of arms, ammunition and explosives.

The Army has prevented a major disaster and has delivered a significant blow to the forces which are trying to disrupt the peace initiatives and attempting to discredit the government and armed forces, the spokesman said.

Had the terrorist succeeded in their nefarious designs in delivering this large shipment to the desired destination, it is not hard to imagine the likely devastating consequences it would have caused, he said.


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