JK: Two Army jawans martyred in Pak's BAT attack in Poonch sector

Poonch (Jammu and Kashmir), June 22: A third attempt of armed intrusion by Pakistan's Border Action Team (BAT) in Poonch this year was foiled on Thursday at 2 p.m. "In the firefight, our two jawans have been martyred", the Indian Army said in a statement, according to NDTV, adding that the exchange of fire is still on.

Pakistan's Border Action Teams (BAT) comprise heavily armed terrorists and are supported by the country's army.

While the firefight was going on, the Pakistani posts resorted to heavy firing. Army sources said the attackers lay in wait for a long time for the patrol team while Pakistani troops tried divert attention by firing rockets and mortars on forward posts. In retaliatory action undertaken by the Indian security forces, two BAT militants were also killed.

In February 2000, seven months after the Kargil War, a Pakistani BAT killed seven Indian soldiers in Nowshera in Rajouri district.

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It is known for intruders to carry out attacks on patrolling soldiers along the LoC and mutilate their bodies. "They were 200 meters from the army post when the exchange of fire started", he said.

In January 2013, Lance Naik Hemraj was killed and his body mutilated by a BAT.

"A firearm has been seized from the killed militant and the operation is still on", he said.

On May 26, the Army had claimed killing two members of Pakistan's BAT in Baramulla's Uri sector of the LoC whereas six militants were gunned down in the same sector a day later.


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