500-700 militants at training camps along LoC: Army

Srinagar: Despite a ceasefire along the Line of Control, Army on Saturday said around 500 to 700 militants are present at the training camps in Pakistan-Occupied-Kashmir and nearly 150 are waiting at the launchpads to infiltrate into Kashmir region.
A senior Army officer in Kashmir said the 500 to 700 militants are at three training camps Manshera, Kotli and Muzaffarabad across the LoC.
“At the launchpads, there are about 150 people opposite the valley ready to infiltrate,” the officer, who did not wish to be named, said
The Army officer asserted that there has been no successful infiltration till ending May in Kashmir and militants were using alternate routes to sneak here.
“The focus of infiltration has largely now shifted to south of Pir Panjal and in fact, there are inputs that some people may have also trickled in via Nepal,” he said.
The officer said though there is a possibility of infiltration, the LoC fence, deployment and the surveillance equipment has brought down the success rate of infiltration.
“The way we have made the fence stronger, the way the deployment has been made and the surveillance equipment there, the success rate of infiltration has gone down,” he said.
He said because of the measures and alertness along the LoC, the militants try alternate routes.
On infiltration, the officer said till ending May there has been no successful infiltration.
“Till the end of May, everything has been taken care of. There was a particular group which had come and it got eliminated at Bandipora and Sopore,” he said.
On targeted killings, the officer said it was aimed either at provoking the security forces, or to bring a fear factor among the people that their writ still runs.