Indian security forces on Saturday killed seven members of Pakistan's Border Action Team (BAT) in Kupwara's Keran in Jammu and Kashmir. As per sources, three of the members were terrorists and four belonged to the Pakistan Army
They were trying to attack Indian soldiers in one of the forward posts of the Army. The attackers included terrorists and regulars of Pakistan Army. They were carrying large quantities of weapons knives, but they were located before they could strike and were killed by the Indian Forces.
Since the last 36 hours, there have been a number of attempts by Pakistan to disturb peace in the valley and target Amarnath Yatra, the army statement said. The statement added that forces had recovered cache of sniper rifle, IED and mine with Pakistan markings. 'This clearly indicates the complicity of Pakistan in terror activities. Security forces will continue to respond to all nefarious activities along LoC and hinterland,' the statement said.
The Army also said that four bodies of possibly Pak SSG Commandoes or terrorists have been seen on Indian side of LoC, in close proximity of posts. The search operations and attempts to recover bodies are being continuously interfered by Pakistan troops deployed in the area.
On the early hours of Saturday morning, around 5.30 am, the Sopore Police, 22-RR and CRPF launched a joint cordon and search operation. The operation was conducted after the forces received credible intelligence about the presence of terrorists in the Malmapanpora village of Warpora area.
Amid the search operation, the terrorists who were hiding opened fire at the security personnel. The Forces retaliated to the incoming fire leading to the encounter of two terrorists. Both the terrorists were killed in the encounter. They both had links to the Pakistan-backed terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM). The terrorist has been identified as Umer Shahbaz Wani S/O Mohammad Shahbaz Wani R/O Kharpora Bandipora and another one is un-identified foreign terrorist.
The Forces recovered incriminating materials including arms and ammunition from the encounter site. The police have registered the incident as Case FIR No. 52/2019 U/S 307/RPC, 7/27 I. Arms Act Bomai Police Station and investigation has been taken up.
Wani had joined the terrorist ranks on 2 June, 2019 and since then was active within the jurisdiction of Police District Sopore with other terror operatives of Jaish-e-Mohammad. Both the slain terrorists were involved in a series of civilian killings and attacks on Security Forces establishment.
SSP Sopore Javeed Iqbal addressed media post the gunfight in Warpora Sopore area of Baramulla District. Speaking about the terrorists, he said, "They have links to JeM. can give you details after the investigation. We have sanitised the area and we request the people to stay away from the area."
In a separate operation which had begun on Friday, JeM district commander of Shopian Zeenat ul Islam Naiku and a Pakistan based terrorist have been eliminated After receiving intel from police, an operation was launched at Pandushan village in Shopian. Naiku's body was handed over to his family on Friday night.
Zeenat Naikoo was the most important local militant of Jaish e Mohammad in Shopian. He played the role of local anchor to the Jaish foreign terrorists. He was involved in various incidents of violence including killing policemen, firing and grenade lobbing on Police Station Shopian and Gagren Camp. He was key actor in a case named FIR No 281/2018 of PS Shopian on 29.08.2018. Four policemen had lost their lives in this attack by Zeenat and his associates.
One can see in the pictures below that the vests worn by the infiltrators belong to the Pakistan Army.