A major infiltration bid was foiled by the Indian Army in the Keran sector of Kupwara district in Jammu and Kashmir. The infiltration bid was carried on by Pakistan’s Border Action Team (BAT). As per reports, 7-8 members of Pakistani Border Action Team (BAT), comprising terrorists and soldiers tried to cross the Line of Control at around 1 pm and targeted the forward Indian posts in the sector. Responding with strong gunfire Indian Army forced the intruders to retreat.

The intruders were unable to cause any damage to the Indian side. “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,” an Indian Army source told PTI.

“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 added.

As per reports, the Pakistan’s Border Action Team was backed by mortar shelling by the Pakistani side.

Earlier in the day, the longest surviving militant commander, Qayoom Nazar was gunned down by the security forces when he was trying to sneak into India from Pakistan.

Syed Imtiyaz Hussain, the Senior Superintendent of Police in Baramulla said that the terrorist belonged to Batapora in Sopore town. He himself was estranged with Hizbul Mujahideen for some time. That was the reason he was called to HM’s base camp in Pakistan to meet Hizbul chief, Syed Salahuddin.

“After sorting out issues with him, Sallahuddin had sent him back to take over the command of the outfit in Kashmir. It was during his bid to infiltrate back into the Valley (on Tuesday) that he was killed,” the SSP added.

(With inputs from agencies)