LIVE: Army seizes Pak-made arms, food packets from slain terrorists
Taking a jibe at PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti over her statement blaming the media for yesterday’s terror attacks, Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy today said the high voter turnout in Jammu and Kashmir is a matter for celebration, and added that the PDP chief should now tell the Pakistanis to contain their jealousies.10:40 am: Reports say Pakistani intruders are waiting across the Line of Control (LoC) to cross over into the Indian territory. As per reports, the Pakistani Army and the ISI, in a joint move, are aiming to push infiltrators into Jammu and Kashmir to disrupt the ongoing poll process there.
A day after terrorists carried out four attacks in Kashmir, the proof of Pakistani involvement in the strikes has emerged. The Indian Army has recovered arms and ammunition from the slain terrorists that has Pakistani markings. Among the arms recovered include six AK-47 rifles, shotguns, night-vision goggles, magazines, grenades etc. The terrorists were also carrying Indian currency.
In further evidence of Pakistani involvement, the terrorists were carrying food packets with Urdu markings. These food packets, say sources, are commonly used by the Pakistani Army. Also, sources said the amount of food that was carried by the terrorists shows they were in for a long haul.
Government sources say Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rallies in Jammu and Kashmir will go ahead as per schedule despite Friday’s terror attacks.
Army Chief Dalbir Singh Suhag has arrived in Srinagar to take stock of the situation and pay tributes to jawans martyred in Friday’s terror attack at the Army camp in Uri.
The US has strongly condemned the terrorist attacks in Kashmir and said it remained firm on its “commitment” to work with India to defeat terrorism in all forms. “The United States strongly condemns today’s (Friday’s) terrorist attacks in Kashmir, which claimed the lives of innocent civilians, military, and police personnel,” a senior State Department official said.
Friday was a day of terror in Kashmir as 21 people, including eight Army men, were killed and at least 10 were injured in a string of brazen militant strikes. The attacks came just days ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in Srinagar on Monday for the staggered Assembly Elections.
Heavily armed militants attacked an Army camp and a police checkpost, besides hurling a grenade at a posse of security personnel at three places. A smoke grenade also went off at a fourth place.
Eight Army men, including a senior officer, and three policemen were killed battling a group of heavily armed militants who mounted an audacious attack on the Army camp in Baramulla district. All the six rebels were killed.
Lt Col Sankalp Kumar and a junior commissioned officer were among the soldiers killed in the pre-dawn terror attack at the Army’s Field Ordnance Camp located at Mohra, near the border town of Uri.