In a significant development, five Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) terrorists were killed during a counter-infiltration operation carried out by the police and army along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir. The operation, which took place in the Machil sector of Kupwara district, unfolded with an initial shootout resulting in the death of two terrorists, followed by a fierce gun battle in which three more terrorists were shot dead.
The Jammu and Kashmir Police have been increasingly involved in counter-infiltration operations, a responsibility previously carried out exclusively by the army. The ongoing operation signifies the continued efforts to prevent terrorists from infiltrating the region.
Dilbag Singh, the Director General of J&K police, noted that 16 terrorist launching pads remain operational across the LoC, with persistent attempts to push terrorists from Pakistan into Indian territory. A recent meeting of top officials from Jammu and Kashmir and security agencies discussed the role of foreign terrorists in the region, as their numbers have surged while local recruitments have declined significantly.
Official figures reveal that out of the 46 terrorists killed in the Union Territory this year, 37 were of Pakistani origin, while only nine were locals. This marks the first time in the 33 years of terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir that the number of foreign terrorists eliminated is four times higher than that of local terrorists.
The Ministry of Home Affairs has reported that around 130 terrorists are currently active in the Valley, with approximately half of them being foreign terrorists. This development underscores the persistent challenge posed by foreign militants and the ongoing efforts to maintain security in the region.
The operation’s success reflects the coordinated efforts of the police and army to counter the infiltration of terrorists along the LoC, safeguarding the region from potential threats.
Sources By Agencies