At least 250 militants hiding in Kashmir to launch attacks: India

Security has been beefed up along the border but gaps remain due to difficult topography of the region. Photograph:( AFP )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 11, 2016, 03.03 AM (IST)

At least 250 militants from three jihadist groups, believed to be operating from Pakistan, are hiding in Kashmir and waiting to launch more attacks, top Indian government sources said.

Quoting Intelligence feed, the sources said Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed, and Hizbul Mujahideen militants had infiltrated before the surgical strikes took place and were instructed by their handlers to target security forces stationed in the Valley, Indian news agency Press Trust of India reported.

Security has been beefed up along the Indian side of the Line of Control (a de facto border separating India and Pakistan) and the international border. But security gaps remain due to rough topography of the region. 

Intelligence reports suggest that more terrorists are planning to infiltrate Kashmir using different entry points, including from Jammu.

The Indian government has instructed all security forces in India's northern state of Jammu and Kashmir to be alert to any possible infiltration attempts. 

During the surgical strikes on the intervening night of September 28-29, maximum casualty was inflicted on the Lashkar-e-Taiba with almost 20 of their militants killed, according to assessment reports of radio intercepts belonging to the Indian Army.