Anti-tank Gun Seized From Militant Hideout In J&K
15 November 2007
The Times of India
Srinagar: An 82 mm anti-tank gun with an effective firing range of 500 metres was on Thursday recovered from a forest hideout in Kupwara district, in the first siezure of a heavy artillery weapon of this calibre in Jammu and Kashmir. Troops of 31 Rashtriya Rifles launched a search operation in Haphruda forest in the district and found the anti-tank gun buried underground, Army spokesman Lt Col A K Mathur said. He said the heavy artillery weapon has a range of 300 to 500 metres and is the first of its kind to be seized since the eruption of militancy in the state. 'Mortar shells and guns have been recovered before but this is something really big,' Mathur said. He said shells fired from the gun can effectively blow up tanks, Casper vehicles and other armoured vehicles used by the security forces from a distance of upto 500 metres. It is also capable of firing from a distance of up to 1.5 kilometres when targetting normal vehicles, he said.