A statement released by the Indian Army 15 corps in Srinagar on Monday said that a major attempt by Pakistan Border Action Team (BAT) to strike a forward post along the Line of Control in North Kashmir Naugam sector was foiled yesterday. Retaliation by the Indian Army followed by a thorough search operation confirmed the “elimination of two likely Pakistani soldiers”, it added.

According to the Army, intruders who were dressed in combat dresses attempted to target the forward post by taking advantage of the thick forest cover, early on Sunday morning. The attack was supported by heavy firing from nearby Pakistani posts.

“The intruders attempted to move by exploiting the thick jungles close to LoC and were assisted by heavy covering fire of high calibre weapons such as mortars and rocket launchers from Pakistani posts. The movement was nonetheless detected by the vigilant Indian Army troops deployed along the LoC,” the statement read.

A search operation is still ongoing in the area. “It was also reported that a few other intruders managed to escape across the LoC, taking advantage of the Pakistani firing and adverse weather and visibility conditions,” the statement said.

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