Pakistan's BAT intruder carried headband with camera

On May 1, an Indian soldier and a BSF trooper were killed and their bodies mutilated near the LoC, in Jammu and Kashmir, in an action which the Indian Army said was carried out by a Pakistani BAT team inside Indian territory.

They said that the Indian Army gave a befitting reply to the Pakistan firing.

Earlier on Thursday, in the third such attack this year, a team of Pakistani special forces sneaked 600 metres across the LoC into the Poonch sector and killed two Indian jawans and lost one Border Action Team (BAT) member in retaliatory action.

"Pakistan army resorted to unpr ovoked shelling and firing on the LoC in Poonch district".

"The way the BAT operation was conducted by the well-trained intruders dressed in combat fatigues, who resolutely engaged our 10-member patrol with accurate firing instead of fleeing like terrorists normally do after they are detected; the recoveries made and radio intercepts, among other things, all clearly point towards the involvement of SSG commandos".

The armed intruders targeted an area domination patrol of the Indian Army, triggering a gunfight, the official said.

The Pakistani attackers came up to 200 m within the Indian posts.

Defence sources accused Pakistani Army of violating the ceasefire agreement which is in place since 2003.

The army killed two terrorists in retaliation.

In the firefight, two Indian soldiers - 34-year-old Naik Jadhav Sandip of Aurangabad and 24-year-old Sepoy Mane Savan Balku of Kolhapur - were martyred.

The Indian Army retaliated strongly to the ceasefire in the Khari Karmara areas of the sector.

On October 28 a year ago, militants attacked a post and killed an Indian Army soldier and mutilated his body close to the Line of Control (LoC) in the Machil sector.

  • Leroy Wright