Holed-up Militant Killed, Jammu Operation Toll 12

28 November 2014
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Ravi Krishnan Khajuria

Jammu: Amid Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit, the Army killed a fourth Pakistani terrorist this afternoon and wrapped up the gun-battle that began yesterday near Kathar village in Arnia sub-sector along the Indo-Pak border in Jammu. Security forces recovered one more body of a civilian around 9.30 am from the encounter site, taking the death toll to 12. Overall, five civilians, three soldiers and four militants have died in the gun-battle. Security men and locals seek shelter during a militant attack in the Arnia sector in Jammu Security men and locals seek shelter during a militant attack in the Arnia sector in Jammu. AFP Kathar is some 55 km southwest of Jammu. The fourth ultra had overnight remained holed up in an abandoned Army bunker close to the border. 'With the killing of the fourth terrorist, who was hiding in a bunker, the operation has ended. At present, the area is being mopped up by the security forces. We have also recovered the body of a fifth civilian from the site of encounter,' DGP, K Rajendra told The Tribune. Defence spokesperson Lt Col Manish Mehta said the fourth terrorist was eliminated around 12.05 pm. Firing from the Army bunker started around 9.30 am when Army moved its BMP vehicle close to the bunker, said a police officer. The Army had positioned BMPs for the final assault last evening but they could not be pressed into service as some soldiers of the 157 Territorial Army were trapped in a post close to the bunker, he added. After the soldiers succeeded in getting out of the post, the final assault was launched and the terrorist was shot dead, he said. 'Security chinks exposed': * There was infiltration by terrorists through the 'heavily guarded' fenced border * Then the terrorists carried out a terror attack before entering an abandoned bunker deep inside Indian territory * This has exposed chinks in the security grid, a defence spokesperson said. * The BSF claimed just before the Assembly polls that it had sealed the 198-km-long International Border. Truce violation by Pak: Pakistani Rangers on Friday violated ceasefire by resorting to brief firing along the International Border in Jammu's Arnia sub-sector, just hours after it was hit by a terror strike. 'There was a few rounds of firing from the Pakistani side on our positions on Pital border outpost area in Arnia sub-sector today,' a senior BSF officer said. BSF troops, however, observed calm and did not retaliate, he said. There were no reports of any casualty.