5 Jaish-e-Mohammad Terrorists Neutralised, 7 Pakistani Soldiers Killed Along LoC

| January 15 , 2018 , 14:44 IST

Indian security forces acted swiftly on Monday, neutralising 5 Jaish-e-Mohammad militants in the morning in Jammu and Kashmir's Uri sector, and later killing 7 Pakistani soldiers in retaliatory action along the Line of Control (LoC) in J&K's Poonch.

The Indian army's action against the Pakistani soldiers was reportedly in retaliation for the death of an Indian soldier in Pakistani firing in the Rajouri district on Saturday.

The terrorists from Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) were killed by security forces as they were attempting to enter the Dulanja area in Uri from Pakistan, Defence spokesperson Col Rajesh Kalia said.

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Based on intelligence inputs that a few suicide attackers were headed to Uri, the Jammu and Kashmir Police, Army and Paramilitary forces launched a joint operation to neutralise them.

"Since past few days, we were getting inputs about possible attempts to infiltrate from Uri sector. So, ambushes were laid out in that area by Army, J&K police & CRPF. In the morning, exchange of fire took place in one of the ambushes," said Jammu and Kashmir DGP SP Vaid. 

Recovery of arms and ammunition from the JeM militants suggested that they were planning a major suicide attack ahead of the Republic Day celebrations on January 26.

Over the past year, India has stepped up its retaliatory action against Pakistan, swiftly responding to deaths on the Indian side, which they once again did in response to the death of an Indian jawan on Saturday.  

"The army has carried out retaliation against Pakistani troops across Jaglote area along the LoC in Mendhar sector of Poonch district", a senior Army officer said to PTI.

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At an Army Day function earlier on Monday, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat reiterated his earlier statements that the Army will respond effectively to provocations from Pakistan.

"Ceasefire violations by Pakistan happen frequently, to which we respond effectively. We will take even stronger steps against our enemies if we are compelled to do so," General Bipin Rawat said.

"We are using our might to teach them a lesson. We will keep effectively retaliating to any provocative action by Pakistan," General Rawat said.

"We will not let anti-India activities succeed at any cost," the army chief asserted.