The Indian army on Saturday said it has foiled five infiltration attempts in the last three days. Army officials said that 13 militants had been killed along the Line of Control (LoC) in the last 96 hours.
The latest encounter between the Indian army and militants occured on Friday when six militants were killed by army in the Uri sector.
Beginning from the winter thaw that ends in March-April, inflitration usually goes up and peaks in the period between May and July. That is when Pakistan defence forces try and push most of armed infiltrators across the LoD.
According to a defence spokesperson, "multiple attempts made by Pakistan Army to push armed infiltrators across the LoC were foiled by the troops at Machhil and Naugam sectors in Kupwara district, Gurez in Bandipora district and Uri in Baramulla, resulting in the killing of seven militants." Friday's encounter took the number of killed infiltrators to 13.
The spokesperson added that all the five infiltration bids were aided by the Pakistani forces who provided active support, including cover fire using heavy calibre artillery, the Army's Northern Command had said in a statement yesterday.
According to the Army, it has successfully foiled seven infiltration attempts in less than a fortnight in north Kashmir. Three of the attempts were scuttled in Uri sector alone.
Indian army has been particularly cautious after May 1 incident when Pakistan Border Action Teams (BAT) infiltrated into the Indian side and beheaded two Indian soldiers. On May 26, Indian Army killed two Pakistani Border Action Team (BAT) members who tried to infiltrate into Uri sector in Baramulla district to carry out an attack on the soldiers.
Six more militants were killed in the same sector next day when they attempted to sneak into the valley from across the border.
Friday's encounter in Uri has taken the number of infiltration attempts foiled by Indian Army to 23 and the total number of infiltrators killed on the LoC to 39.