Army foils Pakistani BAT attack on LoC

A Pakistani Border Action Team

A Pakistani Border Action Team

A woman was injured on Wednesday when the Indian and Pakistan armies traded heavy fire on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district.

He further said the Pakistani Army had initiated "unprovoked and indiscriminate" firing of small arms, automatic and mortars from 8.15 am onwards in the Poonch and Bhimbher Gali sectors.

Pakistan's army says Indian troops have fired across the frontier in the disputed region of Kashmir, killing a young man and wounding four people.

In today's attack, Indian army officials said the BAT soldiers had aimed to "cause damage" to Indian posts and were "effectively thwarted", forcing them to retreat. With the separatists in Kashmir on the run due to attacks on their conduits for terror funding, the toughening Indian position on terrorist infiltration could go hand in hand in deterring terror.

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For the past over two months, there have been continued incidents of ceasefire violation by Pakistan on both the LoC and the global border.

On July 10, Pakistan Rangers handed over 78 Indian prisoners, mostly fishermen, to the BSF at the Wagah Border after they were released from a jail in Karachi.

- There have been several BAT attacks in the past in which Indian jawans have been beheaded or their bodies mutilated.

In September 2016, India, in a military confrontation with Pakistan, had conducted surgical strikes against militant launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC) in Pakistan-administered Kashmir and reportedly inflicted "significant casualties", varying from 35 to 50.

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