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Major infiltration bid by suicide group foiled in Uri, says Army

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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 16, 2018, 02.29 PM (IST)

Five Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists were killed last night while they were trying to cross the Jhelum river in a boat in Jammu and Kashmir's Uri sector.

However, the attempt was foiled by the alert security forces, which reportedly had prior information about the movement of suicide attackers from across the border.  

It was 3 am at night, Uri sector was calm and the only sounds could be heard were of flowing river water and cold snow breeze. 

But soon this silence turned into a fierce gun battle between the terrorists and Indian Army.

It was the time when alert Army men at Dulanja area of Uri noticed the suspicious movement and the terrorist in the boat were challenged.

The battle lasted for hours and a search operation was launched in this regard. 

Divulging details of the operation, Brigadier YS Ahlawat 12 sector said, “Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists were killed while they were trying to cross the Jhelum river in a boat in Uri sector. The bodies of four terrorists have been recovered while the body of the fifth suicide attacker is lying on the other side of the Jhelum" 

He further added, "A major infiltration bid by a suicide group has been foiled along the Line of Control (LoC). A major tragedy has been averted on the Army Day. Alert Army troops tracked their movement and were successful in eliminating five terrorists."

Arms and ammunition including four AK-47, 3 UBGL (under barrel grenade launcher) 38 UBGL grenades, 23 hand grenades and 9 IEDs were recovered during search operations, indicating the terrorists had planned of something big ahead of the Republic Day.

Uri is located on the left bank of the Jhelum river, about 10 kms of the Line of Control with Pakistan.

The army tracked their footprints and as they were crossing the river, a fierce gun battle took place. 

This is not the first time when terrorist tried to infiltrate via Uri sector especially in winters as this is the only area which is less snow covered.