Army claims foiling BAT attack in Nowgam sector, says 2 Pak army men killed
Srinagar: The Army claimed to have foiled a major BAT attack by Pakistani rangers at a forward post along the line of control in Nowgam Sector on Sunday.
“The intruders attempted to move by exploiting the thick jungles close to LoC and were assisted by heavy covering fire of high calibre weapons such as Mortars and Rocket Launchers from the Pakistani posts. The movement was nonetheless detected by the troops deployed along the LoC,” a defence spokesman said in Srinagar.
“The fire-fight initiated by Pakistan was given strong retaliation by Indian Army and the exchange of fire continued the whole night. Troops conducted prolonged search operations in thick jungles and difficult terrain conditions to ascertain the situation, which confirmed killing of two Pakistani soldiers and resulted in recovery of a large cache of warlike stores. The search operations are still underway in the Sector to sanitise the area. It was also reported that a few other intruders managed to escape across the LoC, taking advantage of the Pakistani firing and adverse weather and visibility conditions,” the spokesman added.
He said that the intruders were wearing combat dresses like Pakistani Regulars and were carrying stores with Pakistani markings further reinforced the assessment. Some intruders were also seen in BSF and old pattern IA dresses as part of deception.
“They had intruded well equipped with IEDs, incendiary materials, explosives, and a plethora of arms and ammunition. From the recovery, it was estimated that they intended to carry out a gruesome attack on the Indian Army forward post in Nowgam sector,” the spokesman added.