Army foils Pakistani BAT attack on LoC

Srinagar, Sep 26: The Army today thwarted an attack by a Pakistani Border Action Team (BAT) and killed an infiltrating top Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist in two separate incidents on the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir.
Seven to eight members of the BAT, which generally comprises terrorists and Pakistani soldiers, came close to an Indian Army post in Keran sector with the aid of shelling and firing by the Pakistani troops from their posts, Army sources said.
The attackers were forced to retreat to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir without causing any damage on the Indian side, the sources said.
“A BAT action was attempted by seven to eight armed intruders (from PoK side) today at 1.00 pm in the area of Keran Sector (Kupwara). The armed intruders came near own posts,” a source said.
He said the BAT intruders were supported by nearby Pakistani posts with mortar shelling and small arms firing.
“The BAT action was aimed at causing damage to our post but it was effectively thwarted and the armed intruders were forced to retreat,” the source said.
“Fire assault towards enemy positions was underway,” the source added.
Earlier, an army official here said the Pakistani troops targeted Indian posts by firing light weapons in Keran sector.
There have been BAT attacks on Indian posts along the LoC earlier.
In June, a BAT attack was carried out 600 metres inside the Indian territory in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir in which two jawans were killed along with one of the attackers.